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“Many threads make good woork”

Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center
Ranked #3 of 7 Shopping in Panajachel
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Having read the TripAdvisor reviews on 13 Threads Womens Co-operative I have to admit to some slight disappointment at the small stock of items available for sale in their rather tiny shop.

This may however have something to do with my senses being assaulted from all angles by the stalls and shops overflowing with tourist tat in Calle Santander over my few days in Pananjachel prior to visiting 13 Threads.

What was for sale however at 13 Threads was of good quality and had provenance which added to the value of the items that I chose to purchase. Take a look if you have time and support a good project if you are able to.

2  Thank Gemfish
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

I volunteered at Oxlajuj B'atz' in 2012, and I can personally attest to the atmosphere, quality and variety offered by the Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store. Located within the historic Casa Cakchiquel and situated on a quiet side-street, this shop should really be your first stop for meaningful, handcrafted souvenirs when you arrive in Panajachel. All of the products are handcrafted by Maya women's cooperatives throughout Guatemala, and the women receive a fair price for their work. The prices are very reasonable; slightly more than you will pay on the street, but still rather inexpensive by Canadian/American/European standards. In exchange for purchasing a fair-trade item, you are guaranteed by the quality, workmanship and authenticity of your purchase. Every product has a tag identifying the history of the particular co-operative and the name of the artisan. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and speak English, and can tell you more about the process by which the items are made and about the group/artisan who made it. Plus you can book a trip on one of their day-tours and meet the artisans themselves! There is something for everyone and for every price range within this store.

4  Thank Gillian L
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

I loved everything about this store when I visited "OB" (Oxlajuj B'atz') to participate in a week-long Rug Hooking Tour in 2012:

- It was away from the crowded main street (but still close and easy to get to)
- The store is peaceful, allowing you to really look at the products being sold there without a clerk trying to sell you something
- Every piece of merchandise has gone through a quality inspection before it makes it to the sales floor
- Goods are beautifully displayed
- A good selection of a variety of products (except touristy junk, which you can find plenty of on the streets if that's what you're after)
- Fair trade means the artisans get paid what they feel their pieces are worth, allowing them to earn a living wage -- such an important, moral strategy
- Store clerks are courteous and friendly, and know English, so can explain anything you want to understand about a product
- Casa Kakchiquel in its entirety is a beautifully-renovated, historically-significant building, and the store space is clean, well-designed, and beautiful

3  Thank Jan E
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RAnnGreen, Public Relations Manager at Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

Thank you Jan! We are so glad you were able to participate in the tour. I was not here when you visited, but have seen pictures and heard the stories :). So glad you enjoyed the store also. Take care and come back for a visit anytime!

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Reviewed 15 February 2013

I relaxed and smiled upon entering Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store. It is slightly off the beaten path but has high quality goods at fair prices. No one badgers you and you can leisurely explore the beautiful weavings and other artistic products. I loved learning the names of the women who created each piece. This is a very satisfying place to shop.

2  Thank mclarktraveler
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RAnnGreen, Public Relations Manager at Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2013

Thank you so much for your positive review, we are glad you enjoyed our fair trade shop and appreciate your business!

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

We visited this store after picking up a pamphlet describing this fair trade / woman's cooperative business.It is a non-profit indigenous organization. The products range from weaving, wood work, chocolate to coffee. The local name is Oxlajuj B'atz, which means Thirteen Threads. Our only regret is that we left our visit until our last day in Panajachel. We should have visited on our first day and bought all of our things there rather than from street vendors. The quality is much better and the prices are competitive. Don't miss this store which is just a 1/2 block down a side street from the main shopping street. It is housed in the Casa Cakchique which is also worth a visit.

5  Thank ljlp55
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