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MayaWorks deacon stoles are hand crafted using fair trade principles in Santiago Atitlán, a tiny town near beautiful Lake Atitlán. The stole weavers live in a small hamlet called Panabaj. They are the only MayaWorks partners that speak the indigenous language of Tzutujil. They've been perfecting their liturgical stoles since 1970 when a priest named Stanley Rother encouraged them to create stoles as a means of income. Father Rother sought a sustainable form of income for artisans who were suffering from poverty. MayaWorks has been working with Mayan weavers since 1997 providing them with a fair wage for their work. This has allowed them to support their families and has helped their community to develop.  The artisans are happy to sell their products within the United States and see Father Rother's dream come to fruition.

Deacon Stole

  • MayaWorks hand woven deacon stoles are crafted under fair trade principles by skilled artisans in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. The deacon stole is woven on a treadle foot loom with either a solid block pattern or variegated with gradient shades of green. Green is a popular color because it can be worn during the long period of Ordinary Time in accordance with the liturgical calendar. The fair trade deacon stole also incorporates many liturgical symbols such as shafts of wheat, a chalice, the cross, bread and fish. The weavers who create these handmade deacon stoles are paid a fair and living wage for their work. MayaWorks Guatemalan handmade deacon stoles are made with 100% cotton thread. The skill of the weavers is evident through the fine craftsmanship. It makes an excellent gift for anyone who is social justice minded. The hand woven deacon stole will last a lifetime. This handmade deacon stole measures approximately 4” wide and 52.5” long measuring from the center of the stole with an additional 4” fringe. The deacon stole is worn crossed over the shoulder and is held in place with a small woven fabric chord. Spot clean.
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