The use of beads has a long history in Guatemala to adorn textiles, using different techniques and colors in order to reflect their culture. Today it has replaced weaving as the primary income source for young indigenous women, allowing them to provide a better life and grade of education for their children.
The women who bead pouches and clutches for Amenta belong to the Quiché Maya linguistic group and live in the mountains high above Lake Atitlan, they rapidly adapted to the new lifestyle of developing new freestyle needle techniques for producing more sculptural designs.
They regularly work at home in small family groups where they are able to take care of their family while pooling their labor.
Help our artisans and their families by purchasing these modern, colorful and useful pouches from Casa Cotzal.