Santa Catarina Palopó is a picturesque Maya – Kakchikel town on the eastern shore of spectacular Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands. The women of this town are skilled weavers, world-famous for their sumptuous cotton 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 blue, turquoise and purple 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 Santa Catarina Palopó are created in the same tradition, each weaver subtly incorporates her own patterns of geometric shapes, animals, flowers and human figures, depending on individual style and taste. This makes each piece of woven fabric unique and special. Each one of our Santa Catarina Palopó 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!