Where to Buy Traditional Guatemalan Dress in Antigua

Guatemalan textiles, Lake Atitlan I © Fernando Reyes Palencia / Flickr
Guatemalan textiles, Lake Atitlan I © Fernando Reyes Palencia / Flickr
Photo of Selene Nelson
Freelance Writer25 September 2017

Guatemala is known for producing incredibly beautiful clothes and textiles, many of which are made using traditional Mayan weaving techniques. With a wealth of bustling markets and upmarket boutiques, Antigua is the best place in the country to make your purchases – here’s our ultimate guide.

Algodones Mayas

Just outside the Santo Domingo Hotel, Algodones Mayas has a great selection of traditional clothing in an understated and elegant array of colours, as well as lovely woven bags and shoes. It’s a good place to pick up a cardigan or scarf – a necessity for Antigua’s chilly nights – and there’s also a nice selection of men’s shirts.

3a Calle Oriente, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Museo Casa del Tejido

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Antigua woven textiles
Antigua woven textiles | © Christoper William Adach / Flickr
Antigua is known for its beautifully woven textiles, and Casa del Tejido is the best place to learn more about these traditional designs. The designs of Mayan clothes are far more significant than you might think, and here you can discover the different styles of Guatemalan weaves. Casa del Tejido is essentially a museum, market and workshop all in one, so before you buy you can learn all about what you’re purchasing.

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is another artisan cooperative, but this one is a bit pricier and more upmarket than some of the others. You can find a beautiful and varied range of high-quality natural clothing and products here, from scarfs, jumpers and dresses to decorative vases, coasters and baskets.

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala