Written by Andrew Malcolm, Photographed by Robyne Hayes

The seven million Maya people living in Mexico and Central America today are representatives of an ancient and remarkable history that survives in their artistic works. Mayan women have been making artwork representative of their culture for thousands of years; the art often includes textiles, dyes and back-strap weaving. Though Maya artwork is desired and respected globally, sadly Maya artists have a difficult time accessing fair markets and maintaining a living in the adverse conditions that surround them. They frequently have to abandon their artistic traditions to support their families. 

“seven million Maya people living in Mexico and Central America today are representatives of an ancient and remarkable history that survives in their artistic works”

Based in Guatemala, Maya Traditions aims to prevent the loss of Maya tradition and works to preserve it by acting as a support, advocate and go-between, connecting Mayan women with a global fair-trade market as well as offering vital social programs for female Maya artists and their families. 

About the Photographer: Due to photographer Robyne Hayes' passionate focus on empowering women and sharing their stories through photography, she was a natural pairing with Maya Traditions. Today, Hayes is a full-time photographer continuing to work with organizations that improve the lives of women and their families.  

VISIT the Maya Traditions website