In the Tz'utujil Mayan language Lema means calling tree. We are a group of women weavers who use natural dyes to make textiles. We use a dyeing technique passed down by our ancestors from generation to generation. We use plants that grow near Lake Atitlan such as coconut shell, pericón, pepper, and achiote, among others.
In the community of San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, women worked in the home and family income was scarce. However, a group of women decided to join together, with the idea to generate employment to support our families. For that reason we formed our group to produce textiles using the traditional dying customs of our ancestors and weaving on a backstrap loom. Every garment we have made has a story and is especially crafted to achieve complete customer satisfaction.
Our vision is a sustainable company that offers naturally dyed, high quality textiles to the domestic and international market at a fair price for women to contribute to the development of San Juan la Laguna.
We are Tz'utujil women with an ancestral history of weaving and dying thread with natural colors in line with the Mayan culture and tradition. Our mission is to have institutional sustainability so we can improve the quality of life of the people and especially the women of San Juan la Laguna.
For thread dyeing, we follow a lengthy process:
We produce all kinds of traditional clothes on the backloom. We have molded and refined the antique art using natural dyes.
We offer three product lines:
In a visit to the Lema Association we offer a brief explanation of the natural dyeing techniques. You can also purchase products made by our members.
Telephones: (502) 5866-8446 y 5512-8565
San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala