In The Joy of Maya Color, you’ll discover 12 Maya designs to color and make your own. Of course, you could also use them for stitching, embroidery, applique, or any other use your creative mind can conjure. Plus, all proceeds from your purchase of this coloring book will support the Maya women artists of Multicolores.
Multicolores is a non-profit organization that creates economic opportunities for talented and motivated Maya women artists in the highlands of Guatemala. The hooked rugs for which it has become known are handmade by Maya women from five different communities. Using recycled materials, each artist creates her own unique designs drawn from personal experience, cultural traditions, and the beauty of local surroundings. In addition to providing its members with artistic training and the opportunity to improve the quality of their crafts, Multicolores provides support through personal and professional development, leadership training, and local and international cultural exchange.
In 2018, Thrums Books published the story of Multicolores in its award-winning book Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation by Mary Anne Wise and Cheryl Conway-Daly. Rug Money details the creation and the triumph of Multicolores, a nonprofit association of Maya artists in Guatemala. Through a compelling narrative, the authors describe how they built a business framework from within the local culture and created successful teaching strategies that encouraged both artistic advancement as well as personal growth—all while establishing and maintaining their enterprise as a force in the global marketplace. Poignant individual profiles of several of the Maya artists and what participation in the project has meant to them bring the story from economics to heart.