About us

Our story

Guatemala's largest handicraft exporter 

Founded as a retail store in Guatemala City in 1994, La Casa Guatemala sold fine vintage textiles and antique vernacular furniture. Our area of expertise were items relating to the religion and everyday life of the indigenous Mayan population.

We began exporting in 1995, sending our unique handicrafts to larger and increasingly sophisticated markets. In doing so, we help to ensure that artisanal production remains a viable livelihood for artisans in this country.

In 2001, we closed down our retail store to focus on this mission.

Our people

Based in our Guatemala City Office, we are a team of fourteen people. 

Our artisans, on the other hand, are based all over the country!

We work with individual artisans, family workshops, and artisan cooperatives in nearly every region, helping to support six hundred to a thousand artisans.

Our network includes: pedal and backstrap loom weavers, embroiderers, crocheters and macramé-ers, sewers, seamstresses and tailors, potters, woodcarvers, carpenters, glass beaders, silversmiths and jade cutters, cobblers, leather belt makers, glass blowers, glass bottle cutters, and basket weavers. 

Our products

A versatile array of handmade products

La Casa Guatemala teams up with artisans to develop products in the following categories: textiles, wood, ceramics and clay, metals, Czech and Japanese glass beads, leather, basketry, stone, natural fibers, recycled glass, and other materials.

Created by local artisans, shipped worldwide

Our wholesale ethnic products are created by Mayan artisans based in Guatemala, and exported to over a dozen countries on five continents. We have also been audited and passed compliance for a number of US brands.

We create affordable, high-quality wholesale Guatemalan gifts for brands who appreciate unique and unusual accessories, textiles, and handicraft items.

Our local and international presence

Our Commitments in Guatemala

Within Guatemala, we are focused on generating sustainable, income-producing crafts, including new opportunities for existing artisan groups, and training for incipient groups.

Our role as an exporter

Our commitment as exporters is to provide access to volumes of high-quality, innovative, competitively priced products, to pack them well, and to ship them on time.

We enjoy bringing buyers and producers together, a model which we believe promotes trust, mutual respect, empathy, and a shared sense of the stakes involved in launching new products.

We work across niches, our only limitation being absolute respect for the intellectual property our clients develop.