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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 Chuchiyá artisan group of Santiago Atitlán crochet these stylish 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!  Each handmade kippah takes approximately 4 hours to create.   The Chuchiyá artisans designed these beautiful kippot particularly for a sleek affair.  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!  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.

Tuxedo Kippot-Yarmulkes

  • MayaWorks fair trade kippot now come in three new styles designed for an occasion when a bright kippah may not be appropriate. Our Tuxedo fair trade yarmulkes are made with black and off-white threads making a stylish and elegant kippah. The Mandala fair trade kippah in mostly black and features an off-white prism pattern in the center. The Sun pattern is rimmed in off-white and has a white center surrounded by black. The Star yarmulke is mostly off-white with a black Star of David at the center. The Tuxedo kippot are simple, yet elegant. These fair trade yarmulkes are hand-crocheted individually by Maya artisans in Guatemala. You can chose between Mandala, Sun or Star or mix and match them. Each kippah is approximately 6” in diameter, but small variations may occur due to the hand made nature of the yarmulke. By purchasing these yarmulkes, you are helping to support the indigenous Maya artisans who create them, and also contributing to the economic strength of their communities. Artisans’ lives are improved significantly through the sale of fair trade kippot, as are the lives of their families. Mayan yarmulkes are 100% cotton. We recommend hand washing in cold water and line drying.

    PLEASE NOTE: The Tuxedo kippot may only be available for bulk purchase through special order. Please email or refer to our Kippot Bulk Order FAQ for more information.

  • We offer discounts to our customers when ordering in bulk quantities:


    If you order 14-99 kippot, you receive a 25% discount. 

    Use promo code KIPPOT25 at checkout


    If you'd like to purchase a bulk order of 100 or more kippot, contact MayaWorks at for a 50% discount code. 


    For more information about bulk ordering, please see our FAQ or contact MayaWorks at for any questions regarding our bulk discounts.

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