As a weaver, this post is of particular interest to me. Thanks to two former students, Laura Karner and Gabby Curtis who are currently interning at Cojolya in Guatemala, I became aware of this terrific organization.
In 1983, Candis Krummel and Antonia Sosof launched the Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers. The goal was to preserve and promote the art of backstrap weaving, an integral part of Mayan culture. They saw this enterprise as a viable way for Mayan women to make a living wage producing their magnificent textiles.
In November, Cojolya was accepted into the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Membership in WFTO certifies that stringent fair trade practices are being followed and offers assurances to consumers that their purchases are benefiting the weavers who produce these beautiful handwoven items.
I invite you to visit the Cojolya website and learn more about this organization and the beautiful textiles they are helping to promote. Click here to see the wonderful variety of products available from these talented artisans and weavers.
Let me know what you think.
Until next time…….