"Pixan means spirit in Nahuatl. We believe that everything we do carries the spirit of a woman, the spirit of innovation and the spirit of fashion.”
Pixan is the community brand of the Association of Women of the Highlands (Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano AMA), which empowers indigenous Mayan women through women’s circles focusing on health, education, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.
6 full-time employees & 170 artisans
LOCATION: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Colorful quality fabric inspired by local designs
TECHNIQUE: Weave the high-quality fabric from naturally dyed cotton threads on foot or backstrap looms.
IMPACT: Providing ethically compensated work for 170 Mayan artisan women across the highlands of Guatemala.
While Pixan seeks to create modern and innovative designs, these products never loose sight of their Mayan origins. Each product is inspired by and symbolic of Mayan cosmology. The larger diamonds illustrated on several fabrics represent the four corners of the world and the smaller diamonds contained within represent the sun.
WE WORK WITH
Mayan artisan women
The women weave the high-quality fabric from naturally dyed cotton threads on foot or backstrap looms applying century old weaving techniques. In Guatemala, this ancient craft is used on a daily basis to create fabric for clothes and home textiles, but most importantly the traditional dress of the Mayan women - a huilpil.