Cojolya Association of Mayan Women Weavers
Despite centuries of persistent domination and systematic racism, the backstrap loom weaving technique is a key Maya art form that has persisted intact in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Cojolya is both a registered non-profit working to improve the lives of our artisans and their families, and a certified Fair Trade organization dedicated to the conservation of the tradition, not as a historical relic, but as an economically viable source of employment for our women weavers..
Cojolya first emerged in 1983 during the Guatemalan Civil War, by infusing three visions. Candis E Krummel dreamed of producing beautiful designs and empowering women with income security, Elena Sojuel brought her love of the backstrap loom tradition, and Santiago Atitlán native, Antonio Ramirez Sosof, envisioned improving his beloved hometown. Since then, our in office team has changed but we continue to pursue Fair trade, respect and celebration of culture, and strengthening our beloved Santiago Atitlán.See more