Micaela, lives with her parents and siblings in the rural village of Chuacruz, in the Department of Sololá in the South Western region of Guatemala. Micaela learned to rug hook in 2013 from rug hooking teachers Glendy Muj and Yolanda Calgua de Sucunu. Micaela subsequently taught her younger sisters, Irma and Yolanda, to rug hook.

The use of geometric designs in Micaela's rugs are inspired by the symbols and motifs found in traditional Maya clothing: 'huipils' (blouses), 'fajas' (belts) and 'tzutes' (carrying cloths). These symbols are representations of nature, folklore, and Maya cosmovision. Through the use of colors and patterns, the huipil also conveys information about the community where the woman was born. All of this, Micaela translates into her rugs to make them unique pieces of art reflective of Maya culture.

A severe case of bronchitis when she was 8 years old, has left Micaela with delicate health. Often her family were unable to meet her medical expenses, but with income from rug hooking she now sees a doctor on a regular basis and can afford medication. Multicolores' ethos of mutual support and learning has really helped Micaela to overcome her shyness. Through workshops she has enjoyed connecting and exchanging ideas with other women outside of her village.

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Michaela Charnel Julajuj



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P852: Morris Bunny
Sale priceFrom $45.00 USD
Noel, rug hooked by Linda BellNoel, rug hooked by Carole Pelot
P788: Noel
Sale priceFrom $62.00 USD
Florence, Oregon, rug hooked by Betty McClenticFlorence, Oregon, rug hooked by Jo Turner
P861: Florence, Oregon
Sale priceFrom $52.00 USD
Poppy-A La O'Keefe, rug hooked by Vivily PowersPoppy-A La O'Keefe, rug hooked by Pam Papp
P579: Poppy-A La O'Keefe
Sale priceFrom $42.00 USD
Stained Glass Mosaic, rug hooked by Helen Mar ParkinStained Glass Mosaic, rug hooked by Lori Rokusek
PT566: Stained Glass Mosaic
Sale priceFrom $43.00 USD
Chickadees, rug hooked by Gail BeckerChickadees, rug hooked by Mya Zschokke
P589: Chickadees
Sale priceFrom $39.00 USD
Ruthie Rose, rug hooked by Vivily PowersRuthie Rose, rug hooked by Karen Duncklee
CS501: Ruthie Rose
Sale priceFrom $39.00 USD
Fruit, rug hooked by Vivily PowersFruit, rug hooked by Marg Miller
P662: Fruit
Sale priceFrom $39.00 USD
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P843: Stuff-Able Santa
Sale priceFrom $53.00 USD
Pinwheel Scroll, rug hooked by Nancy TerhaarPinwheel Scroll, rug hooked by Diana Foltz
PT561: Pinwheel Scroll
Sale priceFrom $43.00 USD
Tiffany, rug hooked by Joanne Van WinkleTiffany, rug hooked by Susan Naples
1116: Tiffany
Sale priceFrom $77.00 USD
Scroll Sampler, rug hooked by Brenda AndersonScroll Sampler, rug hooked by Juliana Kapusta
TS525: Scroll Sampler
Sale priceFrom $51.00 USD