WOMEN'S BEADING CO-OP
The beading Co-Op is a great choice when you’re looking to buy special souvenirs. The jewelry sold here is not only beautiful and affordable, it’s also made by local women on the island. 80% of every purchase goes to the women, with the other 20% going towards buying more supplies. Your purchase empowers the island women and helps them keep their families fed.
This group of amazing artists (57 women) creates one of a kind handcrafted beaded jewelry. necklaces, earrings, bracelets, purses and more.
Their work is very high quality, the kind you would find in a juried craft fair. Each piece of jewelry is unique, woven together one bead at a time, handcrafted over many hours and made from Delica and glass seed beads, shells, Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones and pearls.
The play of texture, color and light reflect the centuries old Mayan heritage that they bring to their designs.
If you stop at the workshop, you will almost always meet a group of the women beading around a table. Each woman earns a percentage of the sale of one of their pieces, with a percentage going back into the cooperative to buy beads and other supplies. With this income, the women can pay for housing, food and school tuition for their children. In addition, as the cooperative has grown, the women have a larger social support group and the cooperative functions as an extended family.
The women offer beading classes any morning at about 10 am where you can stop by and make a piece of jewelry for yourself in about 2 hours. They charge 300 pesos which include the beads and findings.
Come take a class and learn a skill and have some fun.