ARTISANS OF SAN JUAN
With an incredible view of the bright blue lake, lush greenery and volcanoes, San Juan La Laguna is nested on the southwest edge of Lake Atitlán. It is a small town with just over 6000 residents, where the majority are Tz’utujil Maya, one of the 21 Maya ethnic groups that lives in Guatemala.
In 1992, five women, Celestina, Martina, Encarnación, Rosario and Nicolasa, came together to create the San Juan Cooperative out of a need for work and to support their families
and offer a better life for their children.
Today the cooperative is made up of 14 artisans who meets regularly to discuss orders and other business activities, such as their natural dye and medicinal plant garden, which provides the local community with affordable access to traditional health care as well as serving as natural resource to create their natural dyes.
One of the members, Juana, remembers admiring her mother weaving when she was a little girl. Her and her sister would imitate their mother and act out the weaving motions as a game, using weeds as thread and coffee tree branches as tools.
Today Juana is a talented and accomplished weaver as well as an ikat thread tying and dying specialist.
The Linear cushion is handmade in San Juan La Laguna by the artisans from the Cooperative of San Juan.
The artisans will experience a direct impact from your purchase, helping the artisans to support
their families better and provide them with a sustainable economic development.