Visiting our artisan partners can feel like a family reunion. When we arrive at the home of Maria Ana and her husband Paolino, open arms welcome us as curious kids peek around the corner. Today, our conversation starts with the weather – later we will talk about business – but this year weather is no small talk.
It is with this backdrop we talk about business. Maria Ana and the other members of her cooperative weave fabric on the foot loom. This cloth is used for Mayan Hands placemats, napkins as well as bags. Preparing the warp and warping the large loom is very time-consuming, so together we discuss the details that will mean they receive the best return for their investment of time. We agree on minimum yardages and realistic turnaround times.