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Lema Association

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The gem of Guatemala, Lake Atitlan is a crater lake surrounded by volcanoes and a living hub of Mayan cultures. Visiting on a day trip from Guatemala City simplifies transportation to this highland destination and lets you see the best of the lake in just a day—a difficult feat to accomplish on your own. This tour includes stops at top Lake Atitlan sites including the Maximon shrine and the busy town of Panajachel.
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Diane H wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois34 contributions11 helpful votes
I visited Rosa's shop and had a demonstration of the local natural dyeing process, followed by a lesson in backstrap weaving. I had studied natural dyes before this demo, so was particularly interested in their cultivation of cochineal insects for dyeing. Maria gave me the tour (I had little Spanish, but she used her phone and google translate quite effectively before the translator we hired arrived...it's an accessible tour even without much Spanish). The place where the cactus are growing and harvested, including the greenhouse where they are collecting the cochineals was most interesting. Maria demonstrated the dyeing process , including using vinegar and aluminum salts to alter the pH and change the color of the dye. Following the demonstration, we returned to the shop at Lema to see how the warp is strung for the backstrap weaving process. Maria demonstrated, then gave me a chance to try some weaving. It is harder than it looks to get your mind and your hands to work together to weave successfully. I had enough time to get the feel for what I was doing, and to recognize the worth of all those woven things in the shop. It took about 2 hours, so we had the afternoon to explore the town. Rosa has built up a great business that benefits the local women, so if you're in the town and looking for textiles to take home, give this place a look!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Colleen54097 wrote a review May 2018
Narragansett, Rhode Island14 contributions1 helpful vote
I love to stop in at Lema whenever I'm in San Juan! The textiles are just beautiful, and they capture the traditional arts of dyeing and weaving while also incorporating great, trendy designs. The women are always friendly and helpful; they often answer my natural dye questions even if I am not a paying customer for one of their demonstrations. Just genuinely great customer service and lovely handmade products!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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tickflea wrote a review Jun 2017
Atlanta, Georgia4 contributions1 helpful vote
The people at Lema are great! Their products are some of the nicest in the area, well made, and well designed.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Nicholas W wrote a review May 2017
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Another great weaving store that is home to handmade items from hacks sacks to hammocks! What a great family that runs this store, they are such caring and loving people. Definitely go check them out and see what all they have to offer!
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Date of experience: May 2017
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cbartonicek wrote a review Apr 2017
Burlington, Vermont10 contributions1 helpful vote
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This cooperative of women are some of the sweetest and most inspiring women I have ever met. San Juan La Laguna is not quite in the radar of most tourists visiting Lake Atitlan, but it really should be! Mostly because of this cooperative. This cooperative was a power struggle with the men of this town solely to the fact they did not want a group of women operating a storefront in town. It took them 7 years (!) to receive approval from them to simply open the store. They are now there, creating incredible textiles, and all sorts of incredible products from the textiles, from the hand-spun, hand-dyed, hand-woven yarn they create, all with natural dyes using local plants. Truly an amazing and unique place to visit. The store is a showroom of their process and products. You can even sign up for workshops! The women mostly speak Spanish, but if you approach them, they will certainly share their story with you!
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Date of experience: March 2017
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