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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.
FOUNDER: Guadalupe Ramirez
TEAM: 6 full-time employees and 170 artisans.
LOCATION: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
MATERIALS: Colorful quality fabric inspired by local designs.
TECHNIQUE: Weaved high-quality fabric from naturally dyed cotton threads on foot or backstrap looms.
More than 20 years ago Guadalupe Ramirez, the founder of Pixan, bought the women of her first women's circle high quality thread to weave textiles for the market in Chichicastenango and for church sales in the United States. With this business, they were able to make money to support their families after their husbands and fathers were murdered during Guatemala's 30 year internal conflict. These women who had relied solely on men for income were able to support themselves and their families, and the support of the circle helped them through the tragedy. Out of this experience the idea for the establishing the community brand Pixan was born.