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COTTON

Handwoven and handcrafted in the Western Highlands of Guatemala 

Why GUATEMALA

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Mozaique started its journey in Guatemala in 2018 and has spent more than a year exploring partnerships with different groups of masters weavers, traveling the country to learn about different local weaving traditions and learning from a wide range of local stakeholders, while also understanding the customers' interests.

In 2020, we established our own collective in the San Pedro Sacatepechez region, Quetzaltenango, bringing together around 20 master weavers from some of the surrounding villages. The same year, we launched GuaTela - our collection of cotton tea and hand towels, designed by our team and inspired by the colors traditionally used by our partners. The artisans work from home and they are paid upfront for their products. Each towel is individually handwoven using traditionally human powered foot looms.

We have worked with our partners to improve quality control, increase supply chain transparency and reduce textile waste by rethinking the weaving process. 

COLLECTIVE:

The Altiplano Weavers

Location- Guatemala - San Pedro Sacatepechez/San Marcos

Home based workshop

Techniques - Back-strap and foot loom weaving, embroidery

Up to 5 artisans are involved in the production of one item 

Tools: family inherited and traditional wooden foot looms

Raw Material - Cotton

Process - Spinning, laying out the warp, weaving, quality control100% handwoven and handcrafted

Product - Tea and hand towels, pillow cases, aprons

Production Time - 2- 3 hours of handwork per product

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Natanael Orozco

 

My father started this collective 45 years ago and I am glad I can continue his work and support the community.

The Altiplano Weavers

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