About PIXAN

PIXAN

 

House of Design Pixan is a unique, innovative and appropriate social business model that give us as indigenous women, access to opportunities in a globalized world. Through this model we do not migrate from our communities, preventing also our discrimination and harassment. PIXAN is a program funded by the Inter-American Foundation and Highland Support Project. 

 
PIXAN is a word in Quiche (Mayan Native Dialect) that means Spirt. Therefore, everything that we do has an innovative spirit... feminine spirit... spirit of fashion...

PIXAN is a word in Quiche (Mayan Native Dialect) that means Spirt. Therefore, everything that we do has an innovative spirit... feminine spirit... spirit of fashion...

"We are manufacturers of premium fabrics and embroideries, under an artistic and artisanal concept that not only strengthen our Mayan culture but uses our millenarian weaving techniques ... We are haute couture seamstresses who seek and support a true responsible fashion ... But most importantly we are women: business women, resilient women, entrepreneurs and we have found our space in an industrialized and globalized world "

 
 

Artisanal Textile Manufacturing

Techniques

 

Pedal Loom Weaving

Pedal loom used by our partners in their training. March 2017

Pedal loom used by our partners in their training. March 2017

Falsería

Striped & Plain Fabrics

IKAT

 

Backstrap Loom Weaving

Embroidery

 

Custom Sewing Services

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PIXAN: A Different Approach in Procedures 

Our project has been established on a business model, built on the knowledge of our founders, collaborators enriched with the participation of our partners. This has allowed us to produce premium textiles thanks to procedures

During the training and awareness event on the valuation of Mayan textiles and fabrics, with the participation of AFEDES. March, 2017

During the training and awareness event on the valuation of Mayan textiles and fabrics, with the participation of AFEDES. March, 2017

1. Enriched training through AMA's methodology

A hard road of more than 6 years of training has accompanied our partners, administrative team and stakeholders. We receive constant feedback on basic techniques of weaving, color combination, natural dyeing, costing processes, production chains among others. In each of these it is vital the presence of our organizational methodology based on our behavioral health, which differentiates us from industrial models applied to artisanal fabric production common in Guatemala..

2. Feedback and control: without exploitation or harassment

Paola Tzep, our specialist in Mayan textiles and weaving during the feedback session to our partners. February 2017.

Paola Tzep, our specialist in Mayan textiles and weaving during the feedback session to our partners. February 2017.

We believe that premium products require structured processes that allow a constant monitoring of their quality. We implement monitoring processes that allow our members and partners an active participation, as well as a guide and follow-up. Also, we keep a constant follow-up and advising to our commercial allies exchanging knowledge that allows them the desired design while taking care of the social commitment of the products that they acquire. All our procedures follow our organizational commitment ensuring non-exploitation or harassment and also guarantee the economic compensation established by our members.

 

4. Textile orientation and appropriate follow-up

Isabel Guarchaj, one of our beloved partners analyzing the elaboration of a fabric, in the company of our specialist: Paola Tzep. April 2017

Isabel Guarchaj, one of our beloved partners analyzing the elaboration of a fabric, in the company of our specialist: Paola Tzep. April 2017

The mathematical adaptation and appropriate orientation is a vital task to truly give life to the ideas of our allies. This is a task that requires experience and a deep knowledge in the Mayan textile sector. A process worthy of admiration that happens only in the heads of our specialists, thanks to their context and expertice. This orientation allows our partners, in their own language, to know the specific features of each one of our allies.; In addition, solving doubts and anticipating challenges. Without this orientation, our premium textiles would not be possible.

Premium products goes beyond an understanding of our allies... it's assuring the understanding of the ideas of our allies by our partners our most important task, and the procedure that makes us different

4. High quality raw materials

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Millennial techniques are worthy of high quality raw materials to ensure their durability. We use 100% cotton threads, resistant, mantaining firm colors - without bleaching. Those are up to the technique of our partners. We have estimated the durability of our textiles in 10 years.

 

5. Advisory and international commercial management

The products of our project are commercialized mostly outside of Guatemala. This requires specialists to advise and manage logistics and international business processes. From their first contact, our allies are advised on these issues having the opportunity of an experience of learning, exchange while maintaining a true social commitment in favor of the resilience of our communities.