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Ixkoqa


The Asociación de Mujeres Artesanas Ixkoqa is a community partnership of women working in handicrafts in the region of Sololá in Guatemala.

The group was established in 1992 by women who became widows as a result of the armed conflict which took place in Guatemala during the years of 1960-1996.

Ixkoqa means rainbow in Cackchiquel, the reginal language spoken by the woman, and stands for the variety of colours that their textiles and other products are known for.

In September 2012 I joined the group for 6 months as a volunteer. During this time I also lived with the families and so could get a good insight of the life of mayan people today.

Some of my tasks as a volunteer were for example; attending and improving their shop, making an inventory, sowing classes, finding new markets and promoting their products.



Furthermore we classified the woven products, like scarfes or tablecloths, together with the woman and then visualized these uniform parameters in a way that illiterates understand as well.

clasificacion

For more information and photographs please click on the image.



Another task was to improve existing products and design new ones.

productos

To see some new and improved products please click on the image.




Photographs of the women: Julia Zabrodzka