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Weavers Guild of Rochester

Guild Meeting September 13, 2017
Brenda Rosenbaum

"Mayan Textiles"


Brenda Rosenbaum portrait

Brenda Rosenbaum is the founder of Mayan Hands, an organization that works with Maya weavers' cooperatives. She has a PhD in anthropology from the State University of New York in Albany with a long commitment to field work in Guatemala.  As an anthropologist working in fair trade, she understands her role as twofold:  supporting producers and informing consumers.  She helps more than 200 artisans bring their products to the U.S. market.  And she works to inform U.S. consumers about conditions of life in the third world, the meaningful contexts of traditional artisan products and their labor-intensive nature that will promote responsible purchasing choices.  Consumers with an awareness of the world come to view their purchase as a political act. 

Mayan Hands is a fair-trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.