Guatemalan fair trade stoles are hand woven by artisans in the small hamlet of Panabaj located in the rural village of Santiago Atitlán. Panabaj is situated on beautiful Lake Atitlán. These talented weavers have been using their traditional skills which have been passed down within their culture for generations to create these exceptional liturgical stoles. The idea was developed by an American priest named Padre Aplás who was living in Santiago Atitlán in the 1970s. He wanted to create a product the artisans could sell as a source of income for their impoverished Mayan community. Padre Aplás was later murdered in the Guatemalan Civil War but his spirit lives on through the work of these weavers who today are still creating stoles as their livelihood. MayaWorks has been working with these artisans since 1997 and has been able to provide them with a fair and living wage for their work.