Trama Textiles

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TRAMA is a collective of 400 backstrap loom weavers, mainly women, in Guatemala.[1] TRAMA works with 17 weaving cooperatives, representing five regions in the Western Highlands of Guatemala (Sololá, Huehuetenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Quiché).


In 1988, after Guatemala´s civil war, the association was formed to support women working in remote regions.[1] Trama Textiles works directly with 17 weaving cooperatives, representing 400 women from five regions in the western highlands of Guatemala: Sololá, Huehuetenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Quiché.[2] Initially named CENAT (Centro Nacional de Artesania Textile), in 1995 the name changed to ASOTRAMA (Asociación Trama) and, finally, TRAMA Textiles. The association operates a fair trade store and offers backstrap weaving classes in its central office in Quetzaltenango.