Our Artisans

At Amado, partnership is essential. In every part of our company, we see tremendous value in working together to give a platform to that which is already effective, already beautiful, and already thriving. When each one of us brings our skills to the table, we can go so much further than we ever could on our own.

That’s the foundation of Amado’s partnerships with local artisans, craftsmen, and weavers. Each one of these partners are extremely skilled in their respective craft, having developed and perfected their techniques over many years.

These passionate men and women are the heart and the hands behind each product, telling a story from their family to yours.

The Weavers and their Work

An ancient artform around the world, backstrap weaving is a tradition passed down from woman to woman for generations. In the Guatemalan highlands, weaving on a backstrap loom is an essential part of Mayan culture and expression. Some girls begin learning the skill at 7 years old. Due to the intricacy of each design, some pieces can take up to 6 months to complete! Each woven piece found in our shop has been hand-selected from artisans and vendors to honor the artistry and legacy of Mayan culture.

The Art, History, & Significance of Huipiles

A rich part of Mayan heritage, the woven fabrics found in some of Amado’s products are known as huipiles. A huipil is the woven top traditionally worn by Mayan women all around Central America. Their skirt is known as the corte, and the beautiful belt that pieces the outfit together is called a faja. Known as the heart of the Mayan World, these gorgeous works of art can be found all throughout Guatemala as well as other parts of Latin America.

Each village has a design specific to their people group, telling a story with each thread. Sourced from Central America’s largest market, the majority of the vintage huipiles integrated into Amado’s products are purchased through vendor and artisan partners in Chichicastenango — though some designs and pieces come from partners in other regions of Guatemala’s highlands.