Our history

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.‍

Our Impact


Workshops training
Generation of
formal jobs
Advice from
fair trade
Access to a
global market
Generation of
strengthened community
Marilú Hernández, Founder
“We weave paths of success towards new forms of collaboration. Paths to innovative proposals in which the wisdom, the aesthetic sense of the Mayan culture and contemporary design are linked in unique concepts.”

Craftsmen and their work

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.‍

Techniques

WARPED

Developed in the Antilles. Over time, it has been perfected by Mayan artisans into a meditative art.

STONE CARVING

From miniature to monumental pieces, it was one of the greatest artistic expressions of the ancient Maya.

WOODCARVING

Another of the greatest artistic expressions of the ancient Mayans. Today the artisans collect in a sustainable way, the wood from the forest floor.

MAYA WAIST LOOM

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.

HORN CARVING

It was introduced in the Viceroyalty in Mexico and has been perfected over time by the Mayans. Today only recovered material is used.

PEDAL LOOM

Introduced in Colonial times to Mexico and originating in Egypt. Ideal for working in large formats. The Mayans developed fabrics since pre-Hispanic times.

SEWED HENEQUEN

The wet, combed fibers of the material native to the Peninsula are wound circularly, forming layers that are sewn together to build everyday objects.

FILIGREE

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.

PALM TISSUE
Native to the tropics, it has been developed in various cultures including the Maya for the creation of everyday objects.
JIPIJAPA FABRIC
The jipijapa is a native plant of the tropical zones of the American continent. Mayan artisans collect the hippie to prepare its fibers and weave them.
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
Represents the skill and ability of artisans to capture the tradition and motifs of the Yucatan Peninsula through a tool.
HAND EMBROIDERY

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.

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Taller Maya is a collective brand of Mexican design formed by artisan social enterprises and a team that works for the promotion and development of the living Mayan culture. We are part of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and we are a certified B-Company.
Taller Maya is a collective brand of Mexican design formed by artisan social enterprises and a team that works for the promotion and development of the living Mayan culture. We are part of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and we are a certified B-Company.
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