Campana Ab’aj is a family business located in Totonicapán, Guatemala. The products that they make are all hand weaved scarves, table runners and other table items. Campana Ab’aj is Spanish and K’iche’ for “ringing stone’, in which the family drew inspiration from local sacred ‘ringing stone’ to name their company after. The way these products are produced is by a Spanish “Foot Loom”, which is all human powered. Very high-quality acrylic and cotton thread is also used. These weavers have a special hexagonal pattern signature. When weaving these products, it is extremely complex and time-consuming and requires all the weavers to have a mental inventory of all the patterns in their head to make the weaving process go faster.
It has been in the family for seven generations and the different weavers are Miguel, Juan, Francisca, and Josue Hernandez Tax.
Escudo Textiles is located in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The name Escudo, which translates into the shield, was chosen because of the many mountains that surround and protects the city. The women who weave are names Eluvia, Inocenta, Lesbia and Olga. These weavers use a pre-Columbian, back strap weaving technique. Traditionally, back strap weaving is a female's domain since the creation of textiles is a metaphor for the creation of new life. The women who do this weaving, produce items like wall hangings, scarves, table runners and various types of bags.
Ajkem Textiles in located in Totonicapán, Guatemala and the main weaver is Pablo Chuc. Occasionally his daughter Paola helps in weaving. They use a smaller loom that mixes techniques of a Spanish Foot loom and a traditional back strap loom. The types of products that they focus on are small items like earrings, ties, bracelets, dog collars and Sientas, which are traditional hair and head wrap like items that are worn by some Mayan women.
The various materials Pablo uses for his products are high-quality acrylic and cotton thread.
We also source our textiles from the Ajpu Association in Totonicapán, Guatemala. The association uses a Spanish foot loom and a Jaspe technique,. In this technique they use tread that has been pre-dyed in a patterned way to make their textiles. Though we have a textile partnership with the Ajpu Association we are more involved with them when it comes to their Credit Union, Water Filter and Wooden Stove business. The Ajpu Association’s biggest mission is to strive for socially sustainable development and focus a lot on environmentally sustainable projects that can help the quality of life in Guatemala
Sweaters by Esau
Sweaters by Esau is a family business run by Esau and his wife Olga in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Esau learned how to make sweaters and other various knitted items from his father. Each pattern on the sweaters was hand programmed and made by Esau. He uses various types of thread like cotton, wool, and acrylic; Esau uses a knitting machine that he slides by hand to make his products. Most of Esau’s orders are custom made to the consumer, we are able to take your desired measurement's and send them to Esau so he can make a unique piece just for you.