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The Trama Weaving School – An opportunity to slow down and learn about the Mayan culture

By Ninni Azalie Jensen & Evelien Verroen Besides learning about the crafty art of backstrap weaving, the weaving program at Trama Textiles is also a good opportunity to slow down and gain more patience in a relaxed and meditative atmosphere. … Continue reading

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Weaving at Trama’s ‘Escuela de Tejer’

In 1995 Trama founded its weaving school, ‘Escuela de Tejer,’ to teach backstrap loom weaving. A backstrap loom consists of two small wooden bars, rope, and a strap that the weaver wears around her waist. One bar is attached to … Continue reading

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International Girls’ Day – why girls’ rights make such a difference

On Saturday 11th of this month, it’s the 3rd International Girls’ Day and here at Trama, we’re reflecting on why the rights of young women and girls are so important . As we are a women’s cooperative, focusing on empowering women from … Continue reading

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How to style – our new photo series!

Wondering how you can make fair trade fashion stylish? We’ve been working on a new How to Style series, showing a few styling options for our handwoven products made by our women artisans here in Guatemala. Here’s a little taster. We hope you … Continue reading

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Quetzaltenango – the home of Trama Textiles

Trama Textiles is based in Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela. Xela is Guatemala’s second city, and is located in the Western Highlands, about 4 hours away from Guatemala City and 2.5 hours from Lago Atitlán.  The city is 2400m above sea level (pretty high!) … Continue reading

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Working at Trama Textiles – the inside story!

Trama Textiles has always depended on international volunteers to carry out the day-to-day running of our office. And it’s been great – we’ve had tons of volunteers from all around the world come to share their experience and help out … Continue reading

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Women’s Equality Day – the right to earn a fair wage

  Every August in the US, people around the country celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a day to mark when women could vote for the first time in the US. Over 90 years later in 2014, Women’s Equality Day gives everyone a … Continue reading

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