Manos de Maya was created in 2017 to empower indigenous women of Guatemala by teaching them how to sew and create unique products using traditional Guatemalan textiles.
The sewing ladies are moms from the traditional pueblo of San Antonio Aguas Calientes near Antigua, Guatemala. As their skills have improved, sewing has become an important source of income, and the women have also developed greater self-esteem and pride in their work.
Meet Our Sewing Moms
Our ladies are hard-working moms with children in school. They vary in age and education, but the one thing they have in common is their desire to provide a better life for their children. They believe and know that education is the key, and they value the education their children are receiving, as well as the new skills they are learning. Read their stories.
Unique, Colorful Guatemalan Textiles
Guatemala has the largest indigenous population in Central America, which is reflected in their unique and colorful handwoven textiles. Designs represent the vibrant history and cultures of the more than 20 indigenous groups. It is their pride in their traditions and their tenacity that keep them alive. Learn more about the weaving