We are a collective brand of Mexican design, formed by artisan social enterprises from the Yucatan Peninsula and a creative team that works to keep the Mayan culture alive. We work with different artisan communities to strengthen value chains and generate sustainable sources of income for them, through the creation and fair commercialization of artisan pieces.
Taller Maya was born in 2002 as a response to an initiative to recover techniques typical of the Mayan culture and training and self-management programs led by Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya. Today we collaborate with 42 artisan workshops in 32 communities of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Each of our pieces represents the dialogue between the wisdom of the Mayan culture and contemporary design.
Each social enterprise works in a workshop with the tools to create, from ancestral techniques and materials typical of the region, unique handmade objects that carry the history and knowledge of their land and the Mayan culture. We start from a vision of cultural rescue in harmony with the community. The social enterprises work side by side with the design team to create a dialogue between the wisdom of the Mayan culture and contemporary design.
The work of Taller Maya as an access platform to a global and fair trade network has had a tangible impact on the artisan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Developed in the Antilles. Over time, it has been perfected by Mayan artisans into a meditative art.
From miniature to monumental pieces, it was one of the greatest artistic expressions of the ancient Maya.
Another of the greatest artistic expressions of the ancient Mayans. Today the artisans collect in a sustainable way, the wood from the forest floor.
Developed by the Mayan culture in the western mountains of Guatemala. The loom is held at two ends, one of them, the weaver's waist.
It was introduced in the Viceroyalty in Mexico and has been perfected over time by the Mayans. Today only recovered material is used.
Introduced in Colonial times to Mexico and originating in Egypt. Ideal for working in large formats. The Mayans developed fabrics since pre-Hispanic times.
The wet, combed fibers of the material native to the Peninsula are wound circularly, forming layers that are sewn together to build everyday objects.
It has its origin in the Mixtec culture but it developed in Yucatán during the Conquest of Mexico. Fine silver and gold threads are used to make different organic patterns.
It originated in pre-Hispanic times in Mexico and was transformed during the Colonial era. It is used to embroider elements of nature in bright colors.