We design handmade and natural color cotton products. We are a Guatemalan company committed on preserving the natural color of the cotton, with over 25 years on the market. Our natural color cotton is used in most of our products, alone or combined with upcycled cotton denim or black thread. 

Founded in 1994, Algodones Mayas was created by two visionaries to share the magic of handwoven textiles. Our handwoven cotton pieces help preserve Guatemala’s rich culture, land, natural colors and motives.

Our ethical pursuit is to produce objects mindfully, rather than consume mindlessly. We always aim to preserve the environment and following our collaboration with “The New Denim Project” we now use upcycled denim for all our blue colors and tones. We are passionate about cultural preservation: we recovered native lxcaco, Cuyuscate and Jade cotton, a form of cotton which almost went extinct in the 90s. “We do not produce objects for status or vanity, but to meet a purpose from within. Objects do not fill, they fulfill. Our objects carry intention”. This is our philosophy: preserving and celebrating our culture and homes.

We believe in empowering and encouraging women, this is why almost 80% of our artisans are hardworking mothers and daughters who never give up and make their best effort every day to be better. We proudly celebrate them, they are the women that inspire us. Everyday we honor and celebrate them, they make our designs come true.

With the support of Novica, this business was able to open a store on the online marketplace.

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Central America - Women and E-Commerce

The project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) and national implementing partners, supports 200 women-led businesses from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to export their handicrafts through e-commerce channels. Alongside work to improve product quality and design, the women-led businesses are trained and prepared to list on international online marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay, develop and optimize their own websites, use different digital marketing channels to generate traffic and sales, receive online payments, prepare orders for shipment and provide quality customer service.