San Juan Comalapa is a Maya -Kakchikel town in the breathtaking Guatemalan highlands. The town , known as the “Florence of the Americas”, is famous for its textiles and oil painting tradition. The women of this town are skilled weavers, famous for their sumptuous cotton local güipil [/wi-pil/], a traditional Mayan blouse. The fabric is carefully hand-woven and embroidered in narrow strips using a back-strap loom and colorful shades of a variety of brightly colored cotton yarn. The intricately decorated pieces of fabric are later joined together with heavy embroidery stitches to make the distinctive güipil.
Although all güipil in San Juan Comalapa are created in the same local tradition, each weaver subtly incorporates her own patterns of bright colors in geometric shapes, animals, and flowers, depending on individual style and taste. This makes each piece of woven fabric unique and special. Each one of our San Juan Comalapa Mayaxus sneakers is made from one of these pieces of woven fabric and is therefore unique. The left shoe is not exactly the same as the right!