Young Weavers of Momostenango
Handwoven wool rugs in Central America
"Our designs are based on the geometrical motifs of traditional Maya clothing like hieroglyphs and animals that represent nature and our ancestral history.""We are a group of young people who grew up in a beautiful village in Guatemala. The Young Weavers of Momostenango group was formed in 2015 to give the young people of our community a chance to rescue our culture, arts and crafts.
"It hasn't been easy, because the participating weavers need to promote their crafts. Sadly, their weavings aren't as valued in our community because of so much competition from cheaper imported rugs made from synthetic fabrics.
"This has made our lives more difficult and more young people are seeking work elsewhere, leaving their artisan legacy behind. This is why our rug-weaving art is slowly dying.
"Being part of such a new group has come with many challenges. We haven't always had the funds to buy materials, finish orders and maintain a relationship with the women who weave. After overcoming these issues, we've been able to provide the weavers with an income so they can to support their families and have fair working conditions. We've gained a lot of experience and our customers now support us.
"Some of our best moments are when members of the group share pleasant times together. We've attended some local fairs to show off our weaving. We've also participated in traditional dances and we began growing mushrooms. We want the Young Weavers to be about more than just work. We want to grow as individuals, have fun and be friends.
"One of the most important things to us is to organize ourselves very well. When we have an order to fill, we call the group members to work together on the project. Our designs are based on the geometrical motifs of traditional Maya clothing, like hieroglyphs and animals that represent nature and our ancestral history.
"We hope each purchase will motivate our weavers to continue with their craft and not let this tradition die out in our village."