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Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center

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Address: 3a. Av. 3-45 Zona 2 Calle Santander | Next to Hotel Real Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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+502 7762 2921

Thirteen Threads (Oxlajuj B'atz') is a non-profit organization that...

Thirteen Threads (Oxlajuj B'atz') is a non-profit organization that provides a market for local indigenous women to sell their handmade products for a fair wage at our Fair Trade Store. It is one of the only fair trade markets in Panajachel. All products are of top quality and unique designs, and provide a brief history of the producer's cooperative. Products include textiles, jewelry, coffee an chocolate. Our store hours are from 9am-6pm Monday-Sunday, and we are closed from 12-2pm daily. We also provide day tours to many nearby communities to meet with women's cooperatives, hear their stories, and explore their craft. Tours are available 7 days a week and require 24 hour notice to reserve. If you are in town, stop by for a visit!

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Little shop in an alcove off the main street

Thirteen Threads sells goods made by local women. The prices are slightly higher because it's a fair trade store, but the quality of the handiwork is good. I can't vouch for the... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

Thirteen Threads sells goods made by local women. The prices are slightly higher because it's a fair trade store, but the quality of the handiwork is good. I can't vouch for the quality of the fabric. There is a wide variety of items for sale, from coffee and jewelry to coin purses and sweaters and scarves. The woman there was... More 

Thank Helen711
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Delfina was our host teaching us the process. She speaks English, Spanish and her native language. She is highly knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, and accommodating to small and large groups. She is a beautiful woman like the rest of the women in the cooperative. Highly recommended!!!! This is my second time attending the process and buying buying their handmade purses, table... More 

Thank Anna L
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

I loved the fact that this is a fair trade store. It has different things that what you find on the stores over Santander. More selected designs and color combinations. I'm not very knowledgeable but it looked like they use good materials.

Thank aprocuna
Spokane Valley, Washington
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

Not your typical hassle, just a low key, helpful store and staff with locally made goods. Very refreshing after being hassled by every vendor along the street.

Thank Stan W
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

WAY overpriced. NOT 100% cotton woven fabrics either. Mostly China imported polyester threads. Really annoying to THIS discerning traveller. MANY many fabrics they hawk are not cotton at all.

Thank Susan G
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

Ordered coin purses for girl's birthday party. Paid via Paypal. Vendor contacted me, said she didn't have the purses. I asked for a refund, still waiting over a month later. Recommend you do not buy from this vendor.

Thank chipfromct
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

I read about this vendor in a local magazine and decided to go due to its support of the local women's work. i was not disappointed. It has moved locations since the printing of the article that i read, so the internet might NOT have the right location yet. just ask around and the locals will direct you to where... More 

Thank jmc777
Essen, Germany
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

Buy your textiles here and not from the street vendors if you want quality and handmade goods… I love the street vendors too and I know they must sell in order to survive, but their stuff if almost never handmade, mostly not even produced in Guatemala. This store has THE most beautiful scarfs and textiles. Everything is of very high... More 

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Very shop with textiles etc made by locals sold for the locals. Non profit to help the locals, we found some lovely gifts here.

Thank PeterSilvainMooij
Cottonwood, Arizona
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is a great organization of women coming together to help each other build better lives for themselves and their families. It's a way for Mayan women to develop skills in business democracy and team building. The shop is well organized and has items that I could not find in any other shop. The volunteers are well versed in being... More 

1 Thank GailBash

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