The Ikat Collection is composed of accessories created with the traditional jaspé technique. Jaspé is the art of hand-dyeing the thread before hand weaving the textile. Since jaspé is inexact, the result will always slightly differ. A guarantee of each item's uniqueness
Our new Jaro Collection was designed completely in-house by local craftspeople. The inspiration behind the Jaro comes from the local tradition of collecting lake water for household tasks with ceramic pitchers that the women would carry on their heads with jarros. The blending of the lakeside blues and the burnt reds takes us back to a different time! This collection is made with 100% cotton and handwoven on the backstrap loom by our artisans in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.
All of our pillow cases are handwoven and are designed with the motifs of Santiago Atitlán in mind. Washable and made to last, these pillows will add a touch of Tz'utujil beauty in any room. With a variety, everyone is guaranteed to find a perfect match.
The newest collection to the Classics, the Anchor collection complements the Cruise collection. The textiles are fashioned in the emblematic vertical stripes with delicate brocade work. It’s easy to drift off in the summer breeze with this collection.
This collection features textiles in a bamboo design plus coordinated textures that complement the bamboo. The Bamboo Rainforest Collection recalls the colors and sensation of a tropical jungle while it showcases the complexity of brocade work.
Fluid and airy, an essence that evokes the atmosphere of a journey on the lake.
This Collection is a captivating expression that pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of Santiago Atitlán. Inspired by the emblematic means of transportation of the men farmers and fishermen who skillfully navigate the waters of the lake, the CANOA, this collection is an artistic tribute to the intimate connection between the community and its aquatic environment.
The brocade technique used in this collection becomes a dynamic canvas that captures the essence of the canoe. The intricate brocade designs emulate the rectangular, pointed shape of the canoe when viewed from above, providing a unique visual representation of this essential mode of transportation. Each skillfully woven thread tells the story of the skill and legacy passed down from generation to generation.
The Canoa Collection is more than a series of bags and accessories; it is a visual bridge between ancestral craftsmanship and the vitality of everyday life in Santiago Atitlán.
Santiago Atitlán is full of creative sparks. While our designer was walking around town crafting the moodboard for the Pueblo collection, she stumbled upon a gem of a little home. This elusive casita was home to a mother and her three daughters who lived down an alleyway in the same neighborhood as Cojolya, called Cantón Tzanjuyu. Without a view of the lake but only a few blocks away from its shores, with Volcán San Pedro clothed in clouds and dark green foliage looming above, this family of women painted their house in the vibrant yellow and acqua captured in the Casita pattern. Through its innovative expressions of color, and a crisp combination of twisted threads and a thick Ottoman weft brocade, Casita is one of the most versatile textiles in Cojolya’s robust collection.
The zig-zag brocade seen on many women's traditional embroidered blouses in Santiago Atitlán inspired Chevron's dynamic design. Striking yet versatile in virtually any color, the products in the Chevron collection bring a spark of energy to your home and beyond.
Blue. Green. Yellow. In bright shades, this collection is perfect for anyone who wants their accessories to do the talking. It follows the classic plaid pattern that showcases the brocade skills of the artisans. The slightly glossy points within the windows create a beautiful and interesting relief effect.
The Coffee Plaid Collection complements the other plaid collections with its design. Nevertheless, it stands out with its bright red highlights against the backdrop of brown. This collection evokes the bright red of the unripe coffee berries and their eventual maturity in brown. It’s always coffee season with this collection.
A day at the beach, a stroll on the boardwalk, warm winds and soft sun. The Cruise Collection invokes this relaxation through its color combination of white and a sandy beige. Made with the complicated brocade technique, it is classic and beautiful. Take yours home today, and make any day a beach day.
Dragonfruit, or Pitaya in Spanish, is a reflection of the local fruits in Santiago Atitlán. As the summer months roll in, so does the Dragonfruit season. In the market, dragonfruits are stacked in little mountains, and their aroma wafts in the wind. Bring a little piece of Santiago into your home with this delicious collection
The Fire collection recreates the visuals of a warm fireplace. Its purple, red, and orange tones are done in strong vertical lines that invoke the image of burning wood. The warm colors are always in season, be it a reminder of warmer days or a celebration of the sun.
The Ladrillo print captures the contemporary Pueblo in expansion. Ladrillo gets its name and soft yet structural form from the grey bricks of construction projects going up all around town. Inspired by the birds’-eye view of the energetic Calle Principal, the main commercial street where Cojolya is based, the grey buildings enclose colorful creations. An expertly designed landscape, each product from the Ladrillo family has a small variation in piping with different colored threads. This balance between textured weave and small details came from longstanding weaver María Tiney, who is the master of Cojolya’s thick brocades and helped our designer develop the first sample. Whether in Zinc, lilac rose, amber yellow, or blue attoll, the slight details retrace the labyrinthine callejones and side-streets that weave Santiago Atitlán together.
Santiago Atitlán is a modern day Maya city full of color, indigenous resilience, and a dynamic contrast between lakeside solitude and the cacophony of the mercado. Our Pueblo collection draws from the surrounding tin roofs and bright walls, the calls of fruit vendors, and the sounds of women’s hands clapping as they make tortillas to echo our pueblo’s gritty spirit. Cojolya’s women weavers channel the strength of their foremothers and the intricate beauty of their sisters’ traditional garments to create a woven portrait of their home all in our embroidery and brocade. Pueblo is a testament to how Santiago Atitlán’s weavers only need to look outside their window to continue reimagining the rich cultural heritage of the Tz’utujil people through textile art.
Inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany´s work, this collection captures the luminosity of the stained glass. The lead divisions in stained glass are represented by chocolate-colored raised stripes, which occur in between the complex multi-colored stripes.
Watching the sun set behind the mountains as the last rays of light touch Lago Atitlán is one of the most incredible experiences Guatemala has to offer. Cojolya constantly takes inspiration from Santiago and the lake and we offer this beautiful collection as a result.
Before Santiago Atitlan, there was Tz’kin Jay, the House of the Birds. Named for the myriad number of birds who make their home alongside the Tz’utujil on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Tz’kin Jay developed their weavings to reflect the creativity of their world. This collection celebrates the intricacies and contradictions within weaving. It plays with twisted strings woven smoothly, thick brocades with a fine delicacy, light and dark, earth and sky. This collection marks the growth of Cojolya’s design and skill, an apogee of weaving.
Xocomil is the strong wind of Lake Atitàn. It is the spirit of the lake that collects the sins of all travelers and locals who cross its waters. The magical lake of Atitlan is located between 3 volcanoes, and its nature finds its center thanks to the balance of the elements. The textiles of the collection are created through these concepts present in the environment: Contrast of cold and warm colors, waves and reflections, symmetry, verticality and horizontality. While using traditional techniques the collections propose a modern and intemporal look, a trip to the lake and his traditions from your own Home.Designed by Megané Sansorgne