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Handmade Subsector

Guatemalan Handmade Products


The work, dedication and cultural contribution of Guatemalan handicrafts are recognized internationally, and have a promising future and great challenges.


Currently in Guatemala there are many artisans who work with exporters and who are striving to create high-quality products in line with the needs and trends of international markets. These include handmade high-fashion clothing, footwear, and personal accessories, as well as home decoration products; gifts and souvenirs that range from traditional crafts to more innovative or specialty products to reach certain market niches.


It is a sector dominated by women, and represents the second largest employer nationwide, after agriculture. This sector represents more than 1 million artisans in the country with different ancestral and traditional techniques, as well as with updated designs and modern crafts.

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Board of Directors of the Handmade Subsector

Members of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors of the Commission: Presidenta Chairwoman Emma Gutiérrez – Mayú; Vice Chair María Pacheco-Wakami; Maura Parra-Etzbal Secretary; Treasurer Charly Elel – MayaWorks; Member Hubert Bendfeld – Utz Box; Member Eliza Babarczy – ITZA Wood; Guest Director María José Ponce – Arte Madera; Guest Director Lilyan Benecke – Topis; Guest Director Geovanni De Leon – Handicrafts De La Selva.

Ms. Emma Gutiérrez
Chair of the Handmade Commission
Ms. María Pacheco
Vice-Chair of the Handmade Commission

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