The Chuchiyá artisan group of Santiago Atitlán crochet these casual yarmulkes. Santiago, located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, is a region that suffered greatly during the civil war. In spite of the hardships this community has endured, the women of Chuchiyá are a joyous group. They love to come together to crochet MayaWorks fair trade kippot and gossip about their husbands! Each handmade kippah takes approximately 4 hours to create. The women crochet to generate a steady income for their families. They are paid a fair wage for each kippah. The Chuchiyá artisans receive literacy trainings, eye exams and eyeglass donations, skills and leadership trainings, low-interest microloans as well as scholarships for their daughters to attend school. Several years ago on a MayaWorks tour to Guatemala, a Jewish friend saw MayaWorks artisans making hacky sacks. She said if the women can make hacky sacks they can make kippot! And thus a new MayaWorks product was born! MayaWorks hand-crocheted yarmulkes are its best selling product and create much needed work for our artisan partners many of whom have limited economic opportunities in Guatemala. The Maya are a very respectful people and take extra care when crocheting our handmade yarmulkes because they understand the importance of kippot to the Jewish community.