Weaving for Justice                    Supporting Education and Fair Trade

A volunteer, non-profit organization working in solidarity with Maya women’s weaving cooperatives in highland Chiapas, Mexico.

Created to assist the members of the cooperatives to continue living on their ancestral lands in sustainable ways that respect their lands, language (Tsotsil), and traditions.

Working with the weavers to EDUCATE the public about these Maya women's lives, struggles, and contributions to a sustainable and just society. 

Guided by the principles of FAIR TRADE -- paying a fair wage in the local context, working directly with the weavers, and bypassing middlepersons -- to offer the weavers a fair price for their work. 

All the proceeds from our sales are returned to the weavers.  

To see “A Maya Celebration,” a 20 minute film of the inauguration of Snail Jolobetik on the internet go to:  https://vimeo.com/176198628 and type in the password:  ChiapasApril2016  The filmmaker is Janet Darrow of Weaving for Justice

In June 2017 at the annual meeting of Weave a Real Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico, Claudia Pérez Pérez of Tsobol Antsetik offered the following words about how she feels when women from other countries wear the traditional blouse of women in her township, San Pedro Chenalhó.

"For us, we feel very comfortable when we see a foreigner wearing our blouse.  We think that she isn’t an egotistic woman, that she doesn’t feel that she is better than us.  I feel very happy to see that she also wears it on her body, that she has a good heart for us.  We think that she is a good person, that she honors us, that she has great caring for us, that she gives us a lot of support."

"A nosotras nos sentimos muy comodas cuando una extranjera pone nuestra blusa. Pensamos que ella no es una mujer egoista, o sea que no se siente tan alta como a nosotras. Me siento muy contenta a aver que ya tiene en su cuerpo tambien, como que tiene un corazon para nosotras.  Pensamos que es buena gente, que tiene un gran honradez a nosotras, un gran cariño a nosotras, y un gran apoya para nosotras." 

Directions to weavers’ meeting house in Chixiltón, Chenalhó, Chiapas
1 Directions eng-esp 1jun17.pdf
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View our latest newsletter here: 

2017 Newsletter
WforJ annual newsletter 2017 (1).pdf
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https://www.instagram.com/weavingforjustice/

Contact us at weavingforjustice@gmail.com or 575-621-5999

 

Weavings are available at these locations in New Mexico and at ongoing and special events: 

  • Bowlin’s Book Center, 2160 Calle Principal, Mesilla, NM
  • Mountain View Market Co-op, 1300 El Paseo Rd., Las Cruces, NM
  • Southwest Environmental Center’s Eco Store on the corner of Main and W. Las Cruces Ave., Las Cruces, NM
  • La Montanita, 2400 Rio Grande Ave, Albuquerque, NM 87104

 

UPCOMING SALES

 

LAS CRUCES FARMERS MARKET

First Saturday of every month, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,inside the Community Enterprise Center, 125 N. Main St.