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Jolom Mayaetik—Mayan Women's Weaving Co-Operative And Collectivism

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This chapter examines the work of the grassroots Mayan women's weaving co-operative, Jolom Mayaetik, and its creation of alternative economic and political realities. In so doing, the women are challenging traditional, patriarchal practices within indigenous and Mexican society, both of which have restricted indigenous womens voice and autonomy. The chapter presents a brief overview of women's artisan cooperatives in Chiapas. It then describes the Jolom's unique history and structure including the practice of participatory democracy, consensus decision-making, and civil society political actions. The chapter discusses the complex issues of economic viability, the global, capitalist economys impact on Mayan women and their response to that, the development of new designs in conjunction with a French project, El Camino (the road), and the creation of the new center for womens leadership and education in San Cristóbal which houses both Jolom Mayaetik and Kinal Antzetik offices.

Keywords: Chiapas; El Camino; Jolom Mayaetik; Mayan women's weaving co-operative; Mexican society; participatory democracy



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