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Women's Cooperatives

Ceramic figurine of woman weaving from Jaina

Sna Jolobil ("The Weaver's House" in Tzotzil) is an organization of 800 weavers from 20 Tzotzil and Tzeltal-speaking Maya Indian communities.

Jalom Mayaetik ("Maya Weavers" in Tzotzil) consists of 350 artisans from six communities.

Cooperative organization provides economic and learning opportunities to its members. Sharing limited resources offers benefits to individuals and to the community through education, health and economic development programs. Weaving cooperatives can preserve and revitalize Maya art by encouraging its members to study and recreate ancient textiles and natural dyeing methods.