With over 30 years of experience, TOPACA is a designer, producer, and global exporter of Guatemalan handicrafts. We work side by side with our artisans to produce high quality products. Many of which are one-of-a-kind items made out of re-purposed fabric from the traditional Mayan Huipils (Blouses) and Cortes (Skirts). This allows us to contribute directly to the livelihood and sustainability of our artisans’ families and communities.
Our goal is to offer high quality products, direct contact, great service and most important, show and share the beauties of our country with the rest of the world.
Topaca had its beginnings in 1986 with two enterprising, young textile enthusiasts. Both from indigenous families who worked with handicraft-textiles.
He learned the sewing technique at a young age from his father, in the town of Chichicastenango. He started off by making accessories and was fascinated by the acceptance turist had over his products. After dominating the sewing techniques he moved on to designing and making clothes.
As a Chichicastenango native, it was to expect that the colorful outdoor markets would influence the quick learning of the profuse weaving and textile traditions of Guatemala.
"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you´ll be able to see further."
- Thomas Carlyle
" If it doesn't challenge you. It doesn't change you."
- Fred Devito
Rosa began her textile odyssey at a young age while living at her birth town; the quiet and peaceful town of Santa Catarina Palopó, located right on the shores of Lake Atitlán. Using a back strap loom to create her own textiles, she developed the ability for color combination and designs that soon enough led to the creation of various items.