- Cojolya Association of Mayan Women Weavers
- Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
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The textile designer will work directly with the production director and marketing coordinator to design new products for the shop, as well as create custom products for international clients. S/he will take into account current trends, pricing and our customer throughout the design process. The association will provide classes of weaving and teaching the local techniques if wanted. This position will help the designer to contribute to a team while learning design skills on the job.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Research of inspirations for textiles, patterns, color ranges to develop new collections.
-Development of samples of fabrics working with our artisans and based on local techniques: brocades, tie-and-dyes, patterns.
-Sourcing and purchase of eco friendly supplies, including threads, leathers, trimmings from suppliers in Guatemala and abroad.
-Production of textiles and finished products (accessories, scarves and home goods) for both the association’s collections and special clients. This will include updating classic collections and creating custom products for the international market. Designer must follow a new product from inspiration to samples to finished product, adjusting at each step.
-Work with production director on quality control, ensuring consistency.
-Assist with the communication of the collections and the Association’s mission. Can involve photography and graphic design for print and online communication.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE required:
BA or BS from an accredited Textile Design or Fashion Design
Background in textile, clothing, accessories or product development
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES required:
Spanish and English language abilities
Proficient in Creative Suite software (Photoshop and InDesign, Illustrator is a plus)
Ability to work on deadline and with a multicultural team.
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Interest and enthusiasm for the Guatemalan backstrap loom, Mayan traditions and the opportunity to work alongside artisans
Ability to work independently and keep track of multiple projects
Designer will work full time at our office of Santiago Atitlàn, on the shores of lake Atitlàn in Guatemala
1 year commitment, minimum
Vacation time available, casual and friendly work environment
Since 1983, the Cojolya Association has been dedicated to the preserving the ancient Mayan art of backstrap-loom weaving as a viable economic enterprise for women. Using traditional techniques and designs, woven textiles are made into modern accessories for customers all over the world.
The association provides its producers with materials, training and designs. A proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Cojolya is dedicated to empowering its weavers and supporting the community of Santiago Atitlan and ensures that all its artisans earn a fair living wage. Furthermore, we contribute to our community’s long term development by offering academic support to our weavers’ children and siblings, while we conduct workshops about topics such as indigenous rights and gender equality with the weavers.