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Who Made It | El Camino de los Altos | Mexico

A Maya weaver artisan from El Camino de los Altos cooperative in Chiapas Mexico
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El Camino de los Altos is a weaving cooperative of more than 130 Maya women living in the rural mountains of Chiapas, southern Mexico. El Camino artisans utilize back strap looms and a method of weaving called brocade that allows them to create designs as they weave.

Artisan weaver from el camino de los altos cooperative in Chiapas weaves textiles that are sold by Cannonball Collective and Thread Spun

Photo Courtesy of El Camino de los Altos

Fair trade textiles handwoven by women in Chiapas Mexico and sold by Thread Spun in Encinitas.

Fair trade and handwoven textiles by Chiapas Maya women and sold by Thread Spun

Indigenous Maya people living in Chiapas experience crippling poverty, and weaving provides employment opportunity outside of subsistence farming or migration to another country. These fair trade textiles create fair wages for artisans and allow them and their families to remain on their ancestral land and to preserve their unique culture.

Artisan from the el camino de los altos cooperative creating textiles sold by Thread Spun online

Photos Courtesy of El Camino de los Altos

This region of Mexico has a rich tradition of weaving with Maya women saying that the Moon taught them to weave sacred designs. Women typically weave the majority of their families' clothing and family members wear them proudly as a symbol of solidarity and respect for ancestral ways.

Fair trade and handwoven textile sold at Thread Spun and made by Maya artisans living in Chiapas

Maya artisan and member of the El Camino de los Altos cooperative creating textiles sold by Thread Spun

El Camino de los Altos fair trade artisans weave textiles sold by Thread Spun

Photos Courtesy of Camino de los Altos

Colors and designs are chosen by both the Maya women and a group of French designers living and working in San Cristobal. By supporting these textile artisans work in Chiapas you are helping to empower women to preserve their cultures and provide for their families and communities.

Textiles by women weavers from el camino de los altos cooperative

Handwoven and fair trade textiles from Chiapas sold by Thread Spun online

Fair trade textile weaving by el camino de los altos women artisans and sold by Thread Spun

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