Y’abal Handicrafts

Y'abal Handicrafts
7 Calle 13-29 Zona 1,
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

00 (502) 5326-84784

Contact person: Allison Havens

Yabal-logoY’abal Handicrafts is a Guatemalan, fair-trade business that supports two women’s cooperatives of indigenous backstrap weavers through the sale of our textiles and embroideries. We also provide micro-credits, job-training programs, and maternity leave for the women weavers. As Y’abal weavers, we are proud of our quality craftsmanship and contemporary design in our collections for men and women that includes bags, purses, scarves, and home accessories.

Schacht Spindle Co.

Schacht Spindle Co.
6101 Ben Pl.
Boulder, CO 80301

(303) 442-3212

Contact person: Judy Pagels

Schacht-logoSchacht is experienced with shipping to foreign countries and working with weaving and spinning projects worldwide. Established in 1969, Schacht is a full-service weaving and spinning supplier. Manufacturer of the award-winning Cricket Loom, innovative folding travel Sidekick Spinning Wheel, Ultra Umbrella Swift, and the new Zoom Loom—4/4 pin loom. Other popular products: the Flip rigid-heddle loom, Ladybug and Matchless spinning wheels, Wolf Pup, Baby and Mighty Wolf Looms, Standard Floor Looms—as well as all of the accessories to go with them. Other products include the Cranbrook Countermarche Loom and the Schacht Reeves Spinning wheel.


Casilla 837
Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America

(591) 727-62665


Contact person: Dorinda Dutcher

Paza-logoPAZA is the volunteer work of Dorinda Dutcher and supporters who help Andean weavers preserve their weaving heritage and care for their families with the sales of their craft. The program in Bolivia includes the Club de Artesanas in Independencia, natural-dye workshops, product design and development, and a volunteer program. The traditional line of products includes ch ́uspas (shoulder bags), incuñas, and tapa bancas (lengths of woven cloth). New designs include various styles of cosmetic bags, guitar straps, yoga mat straps, and belts. Production is limited because of the lengthy handcrafted process from sheep to weaving.


Ngurunit Basket Weavers

Ngurunit Basket Weavers
PO Box 352
Maralal 20600, Kenya

254 (721) 565383


Contact person: Laura Lemunyete

The Ngurunit Basket Weavers is a cooperative based in the Ngurunit Community of Samburu County in northern Kenya. Their baskets are sold under the label of Nomadic Baskets. The product line is based on the traditional style of the Rendille camel-milking basket, which was a dying craft before the women of Ngurunit banded together to preserve it. Now, the traditional weave using doum palm and wild sisal with bead and shell decorations is used to weave many different usable designs and sizes. These beautiful baskets are perfect for use in home and office or as a special gift.

Katyi Ya’a: Taller Colectivo de Algodón Nativo

Katyi Ya’a: Taller Colectivo de Algodón Nativo
Calle Independencia s/n San Juan Colorado Oaxaca, Mexico

951 219 3111 or (530) 419-5191 USA


Contact person: Margaret MacSems

Katyi-logoKatyi Ya’a is a young, multi-generational organization run collectively in the indigenous Mixteco village on the coast of Oaxaca. Our name means brown cotton, and we spin and weave native, locally grown, organic natural brown and white cotton. While cotton and textile production is centuries old, a democratic women’s textile collective is something new. Katyi Ya’a produces high- quality backstrap loom–woven textiles that include shawls, scarves, pillow covers, table runners, placemats, napkins, and shoulder bags. Besides taking custom orders, we sell drop-spindle and wheel-spun thread in three different weights.