"The Maya women's creative designs and patterns have proved to be a perfect match for the kippot," says Jeannie Balanda, Executive Director of MayaWorks. "The women understand the religious significance of the kippot. They are a respectful culture and put a great deal of thought and care into the design and quality of the product." Sixty Maya artisans from Lake Atitlán, considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, come together to crochet MayaWorks handmade fair trade kippot or yarmulkes. Crocheting MayaWorks handmade kippot provides much needed work for indigenous women who have limited economic opportunities in Guatemala. The women crochet to generate a steady income for their families. Each handmade kippah takes approximately 3 hours to crochet. Women are paid a fair wage for each yarmulke. In addition to steady work, artisans also receive literacy trainings, regular eye exams, leadership trainings, low-interest microloans to start small businesses 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 encouraged the women to learn how to make the kippah knowing that this product had great commercial potential. After several lessons in how to make the kippot rounded and shaped, the women set to work creating our fair trade kippot for the Jewish community. Today our fair trade handmade Mayan kippot is our best selling product.
7 Inch Bright Crocheted Kippot
Our brand new 7 Inch Handmade Bright Crocheted Guatemalan Kippot come in over 40 colorful Mayan designs and are for the customer who wants a larger handmade yarmulke. These fair trade crocheted original Mayan kippot are similar in design to our 6 inch yarmulkes only they are larger measuring 7 inches in diameter. Due to the kippot’s handcrafted nature, size may vary slightly.
PLEASE NOTE: OUR HAND-CROCHETED KIPPOT ARE SOLD INDIVIDUALLY; THEY ARE NOT SOLD IN PACKAGES OF 7. WE HAVE BULK PRICING! Please see the Bulk Kippot tab below & our FAQ for more info.
Please note, kippot photos shown are only a few of the many brightly colored designs of our one-of-a-kind, hand-crocheted fair trade yarmulkes. You will receive a mix of these unique Guatemalan kippot designs. Because each crocheted kippah is made with at least 5 to 6 colors, we do not accept individual color requests on regular orders. Our Mayan kippot are 100% cotton. Please wash in cold water and line dry for best cleaning results. These bright 7 inch Guatemalan kippot not only add a special flair to your simcha but your purchase goes a long way in helping Maya women create a better life for their families. Because women earn a fair wage crocheting our handmade yarmulkes, they are able to feed their families more nutritious meals, take their children to the doctor when they are sick and support them as they pursue their education. Purchase our Fair Trade Handmade 7 Inch Crocheted Guatemalan Kippot for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah or other special simcha.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a 50% discount code.
For more information about bulk ordering, please see our FAQ or contact MayaWorks at email@example.com for any questions regarding our bulk discounts.