Guatemala, Indigo Textile, Indigo Dyed and Handwoven Blouses
Indigo by Olga Reiche, is a Custom Textile is a small business that’s making a big social impact in rural communities throughout Guatemala. Initially formed to support the many women who were widowed as a result of Guatemala’s 15-year civil war, the organization now works with artisans from many indigenous communities providing craft training and marketing their products to larger markets. Indigo is deeply committed to employing sustainable and eco-friendly practices, most notably with their extensive range of natural dyeing techniques. As the founder Olga Reiche explains, “We do not use any chemicals or contaminating products in our work and this is what we do to help Mother Earth.” In addition to providing income-generation opportunities, Indigo provides its artisans with continuous training to improve their weaving skills.
Guatemala is a country of 70% Maya indigenous population, with 22 ethnic groups. Olga's grandmother was from one of the groups and inspired her work with Indigenous Maya weavers that has continued for the last 37 years in different parts of Guatemala. Her brand, Indigo Custom Textile, creates designs that are inspired by Maya cultural traditions adapting them to access the the foreign demands. Indigo provides the weavers with natural dyed and organic or recycled fibres for them to weave on traditional looms, using their own techniques and motifs.