Our Beginnings, Weaving Identity

Hilando Identidad

María Luz and Horacio Villavicencio founded Algodones Mayas in 1995, with the dream of preserving the Guatemalan culture, its land, its natural colors, and its fabrics. The means by which we cultivate our natural color cotton seeds, Ixcaco-Cuyuscate, we maintain and promote the heritage of our Mayan ancestors. Algodones Mayas further preserves this legacy by growing and weaving Green-Jade cotton fiber, which was born of the mixture of the original colors.

The color cotton fiber harvested from the plant of these seeds has no natural or chemical dyes; nature gives color and life to our yarn. Our fabrics are woven by skilled craftsmen from different regions of Guatemala who collaborate with us to create art and maintain tradition, generation after generation. In total harmony, these men and women form an essential part of Algodones Mayas’ great family.

This is how we spin the identity of Guatemala.

A Real Source of Work

Every good Algodones Mayas manufactures has a history. Each original story is what gives life to this great dream, and the hands that make our products weave the history of our company.

Each piece is hand made by a mother, a daughter, a grandparent, or a family friend. Currently, Algodones Mayas’ family is formed by more than 300 artisans from all around Guatemala. Their passion and their skill create a legacy by which Algodones Mayas lives every day, and these ideals are upheld in every facet of our company. Many artisans are now entrepreneurs who will leave a solid foundation for generations to come.

Algodones Mayas, and our brand Wayil, is a socially responsible company that supports its artisans and weavers. Thanks to our perseverance, technology, and outreach, we can offer a better future for their children and future entrepreneurs.

Our Vision

Algodones Mayas, and our brand Wayil, is a socially responsible company that supports its artisans and weavers. Thanks to our perseverance, technology, and outreach, we can offer a better future for their children and future entrepreneurs.