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Fair Trade That's As Colorful As The People Who Make It

Fair Trade That's As Colorful As The People Who Make It

Ariel and Ron of the blog We the Wildflowers were inspired by the design of their Utz Threads products but also by the transparency involved in their creation. Read more about what inspired them even as they traveled and worked as digital nomads in places far from Chichicastenango, Guatemala. You'll be inspired!

Your Best Digital Nomad Life, Brought to you by Utz Threads

Your Best Digital Nomad Life, Brought to you by Utz Threads

Vanessa from the blog Wander Onwards took our Ixkanul messenger bag with her as she worked as a digital nomad from some pretty amazing corners of the world and then wrote about how her Utz Threads messenger helped her live her best digital nomad life. Here's the result.


“Fuego” Volcano Erupted a Week Ago. Here’s What We’ve Been Doing to Help

“Fuego” Volcano Erupted a Week Ago. Here’s What We’ve Been Doing to Help

Last Sunday (June 3rd), the active volcano, “Fuego” outside of Antigua, Guatemala erupted sending a deadly combination of hot gases and volcanic rock, known as pyroclastic flow, hurtling down its Southeast side and destroying many towns in its wake.

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Fuego Eruption as seen from the North. Source: BBC.

Chichicastenango, where our artisan partners are located, is far enough North of Antigua that our artisan partners did not face any danger as a result of the eruption. However, we...


We Are Utz Threads

We Are Utz Threads

Utz means good in Maya Quiché (pronounced key-ch-eh), which is the most spoken Maya language in Guatemala. It's a region, a language and has its own way of life that's played a role in everything we are. Utz Threads is a socially conscious brand that partners with weavers from the highlands of Guatemala, in Chichicastenango. We work to promote their ancestral knowledge through handmade products that tell a story about who the women are and what everyday  life is like for them. We promote Fair Trade values by watching every aspect of the supply chain to  Read the article


When You Choose Utz You Choose Dignity for Weavers in Chichicastenango

When You Choose Utz You Choose Dignity for Weavers in Chichicastenango

Many tourists who come to Guatemala make it to the Chichicastenango textile market and experience it’s dizzying, all-consuming effect. It is a feast for every sense: colorful textiles as far as the eye can see, the smell of fresh flowers and fresh meat, the sound of hawkers trying to sell cheap cures for common ailments, the constant ebb and flow of the crowd around you as you try to take it all in. Removed from of all this, above a supermarket, without even a sign to draw in the dozens of tourists who have the...