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Your Contribution in Action!

Posted by on July 17, 2015

It’s hard to believe that just two months ago we were celebrating reaching our Indiegogo campaign goal! But even before the campaign closed, we started the work necessary to grow Maya Traditions. Thanks to your support and this hard work, we have already reached a number of exciting milestones that we are thrilled to share with you. Through your support, we have: Hired a full time designer, Averie Floyd, to better support our design partners and to develop a new line of Maya Traditions’ products. If you haven’t had the chance to meet or work with Averie yet, learn more

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Meet Maya Traditions’ Latest Design Partner: Ara Collective

Posted by on June 08, 2015

“We believe every person—despite the social, economic or geographic situation they were born into—deserves the freedom to discover, to dream andto thrive.” Maya Traditions Foundation is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with social entrepreneur Sarah Contrucci Smith and her new business Ara Collective. Ara Collective is a socially responsible company that works alongside artisans to develop unique, handcrafted products that blend traditional craftsmanship with modern style. In preparation for the launch of her business, Sarah visited Guatemala and traveled to our communities to meet our artisans and observe their work. Growing up in Indonesia, Sarah was provided with the opportunity to learn

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Customer Spotlight: Kendyll Gage-Ripa

Posted by on March 13, 2015

We’ve asked Maya Traditions’ Fair Trade customers & supporters to send us stories and pictures on how they’re using our products and textiles. Here, designer Kendyll shares a bit about her latest visit to Guatemala and what she’s doing with our Fair Trade backstrap woven textiles. Hello! My name is Kendyll Gage-Ripa and I’m a 25 year old self-employed clothing designer based out of Chappaquiddick in Massachusetts. My business is just starting out, and currently I design and create all my garments myself. I use a combination of salvaged and new fabrics with an emphasis on natural materials. The garments are based

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Introducing the New Corte Collection

Posted by on February 25, 2015

We at Maya Traditions are thrilled to share our new Corte Collection of leather-trimmed bags designed by Maya Traditions intern Averie Floyd and produced by our skilled artisans. The collection includes a backpack, two styles of tote bags, a clutch and a new brocade textile design.            “Whether you are heading to class, work, or an evening out, you will carry the tradition of Guatemala with you when you use any of the bags from the Corte collection. The folds seen in these designs were inspired by the way women fold their traditional corte skirts in Guatemala and

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Maya Traditions Foundation Heads to the US!

Posted by on January 30, 2015

After much preparation, the time has finally come – the NY Now Show! As we speak, our Sales & Marketing Director Alison Wandschneider and Production Manager Flory Pérez are on a plane to the US to participate in this six-day gift and trade show. Featuring over 2,800 exhibiting companies, NY Now showcases the very best product lines in the areas of fashion merchandise, design, home and lifestyle. There will be a variety of businesses, designers, manufacturing companies as well as some of the leading national retail chains participating in the event. We are excited to have a presence in the NY

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Sneak Preview: Maya Traditions in 2015

Posted by on December 10, 2014

2014  was an exciting year for us at Maya Traditions. We saw the true shift towards sustainability and becoming a social enterprise. We’ve worked greatly on rebranding the organization and have determined the need to reach higher market places to help us face the tremendous competition in the global marketplace. One of the most remarkable feats we saw this year was the official acceptance of Maya Traditions as a Fair Trade Organization by the World Fair Trade Organization. We have great hope that this will open many new doors as the strong relationships we have with our artisans are now verified by a world renowned organization.

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How to Support Fair Trade & Maya Traditions This Holiday Season

Posted by on December 02, 2014

Happy Fair Tuesday from Maya Traditions! The holidays are a great time to celebrate love and family through the sharing of gifts. It is also a good time to reflect on if and how your gifts are connected to your beliefs and values. Through the celebration of #fairtuesday we ask you to reflect on this and consider buying Maya Traditions products for your loved ones this holiday season. By purchasing our products this season you will not only be giving the gift of joy and beauty to your friend and family, but you will also… support hard working artisans like

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Why Tribe Alive supports Maya Traditions and Socially Conscious Fashion: Guest Blogger

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Photo by Michael Newsted At Tribe Alive we celebrate and support a fair trade model because we believe strongly in the future of social responsibility in the fashion industry. The importance of social responsibility lies in the fact that smart business decisions are not just a matter of counting short-term dollars and cents. Instead we wish to be wise decision-makers and look at the future impact of today’s choices – on people, on communities and on the opinions of our customers.  We believe that the future of fashion is moving toward social consciousness, and that one day it will no longer

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