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MayaWorks fair trade clerical stoles are woven by the talented artisans of Panabaj, a small hamlet located within the rural town of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. Santiago Atitlán is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. The artisans of Santiago have been weaving stoles since the 1970s. An American priest in Santiago was troubled by the incredible poverty he witnessed and set out to create a means of income for the impoverished Mayan people. Knowing the artisans had incredible weaving skills, he encouraged them to learn to weave clerical garments!  MayaWorks started working directly with these artisans in 1997 and have been buying their amazing clerical stoles ever since. The artisans are paid a fair wage for their work and, additionally, are supported through scholarships to send their daughters to schools, microcredit loans to start their own small businesses and literacy and skills trainings.

Women's Solidarity Clerical Stole

  • MayaWorks fair trade clerical stoles make a unique and meaningful gift for a new pastor, friend or social justice minded individual. When using a fair trade liturgical stole one can be assured that they are positively impacting the lives of indigenous Maya artisans by helping to provide them with a fair and living wage as well as steady work. The solid green Maya clerical stole is hand woven with symbols such as the cross, a chalice, fish, shafts of wheat and bread. In accordance with the liturgical calendar, the color green is worn during Ordinary Time and can symbolize life and hope. The high quality nature of this product allows it to easily be worn year round. Woven in 100% cotton thread, the Guatemalan clerical stole can be washed in cold water and lined dried. Stoles measure approximately 4” wide and 46” long from the drop (92 inches total) and also include an additional 4” fringe. A straight neckline is held from the collar with a woven fabric chord.
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