Mundo Maya, established 2004, is an importer and retailer/wholesaler of quality Central American handcrafts based in Melbourne, is the realization of a dream inspired by lengthy travels through this magical part of the world. The idea of bringing these unique crafts to Australia was born from endless encounters with indigenous people and talented artisans of the Mayan world.
Mundo Maya is Spanish for ‘Mayan World’ – the world of the ancient Maya – an amazing civilization which flourished over 1000 years ago throughout Mexico and Central America, whose descendants live on today. Many still hold strong their Mayan tradtions, including weaving, beading and other craft-making.
We are particularly fond of Guatemala, a country rich in colour, culture and history where over 60% of the population is Mayan. We buy from many individual families and communities, which makes business dealings…well… interesting! The people are curteous and shy, yet warm and hospitable… They always greet you with a smile and a “Buenas dias”, and leave you with “Que te vaya bien” (literally: that you go well).
Locally, we strive to help increase our sense of global unity in Australia and to add splashes of colour and charm to our already cosmopolitan society. Globally, we provide an opportunity for the skilled craftspeople of Central America to have their works of art exhibited and appreciated by their pacific neighbour. We are proud to be an ‘ethical trade’ business and deal with many individual families and artisan groups. Furthermore, we support sustainable development projects in remote indigenous villages through personal donations, fund raising and awareness.
Enjoy your time in our Mayan World…
Belinda Recinella & Simon Basile (Owners)