Our Story

The textiles made by local women in the women artisan cooperative add a vibrant symphony of color that brings life to its spectators. The process and creation of the huipil for the skilled artisan can reflect a page of their diary or intimate story-- an expression of freedom and deep sentiment. These products go beyond their daily use by preserving heritage and stories of past generations alive. An initial visit to a small, vibrant, indigenous village of Chichicastenango sparked joy, passion, and purpose marking the beginning of Utziil.

Utziil in K’iche’ Maya translates to peace, blessing, and goodness. We hope to bring this to our customers and audience through the stories and mission. Utziil partners with women artisan cooperatives and small businesses to provide market access, providing dignified job opportunities, and promote local economic development.  The Utziil team consists of a business development manager, small business partners, and women artisan cooperatives currently in Guatemala.

As a for-profit business, in the process of becoming a certified B-Corp, Utziil cares about expanding our horizons, in a sustainable manner. We create meaningful opportunities for our artisan cooperatives, families, and communities through providing a platform to expand the reach of their stories and by supporting local causes through giving back 20% of all proceeds.  

We believe in community development through supporting local causes and enabling the full potential of future female business leaders by equipping them, expanding their market access, and amplifying their stories across the globe. When women work, economies grow, and opportunities are born