Small group Chajul-style Pompoms with Chato / TBD


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//This is an in-person outdoor class held at our studio garden in central Antigua. Chato teaches in Spanish, and Kakaw staff can help with translation to English when necessary. COVID safety protocols are observed and the exact address will be shared upon registering via email.//


Learn how to make traditional pompoms with Chato, our master pompom maker, on Wednesday, December 7th, from 10am - 12noon in our central Antigua studio garden!  We will have a variety of beautifully naturally-dyed cotton yarns to work with, and we'll go step-by-step from thread to pompom.

This class includes all materials as well as a light snack and a PDF guide with pre-recorded videos and images for you to look back on after class. 

Traditionally, pompoms of this style are attached to the ends of headdresses in the small highland town of Chajul, and are used to adorn women's hair with bursts of color. They hang beautifully and are just so darn adorable.

This class is appropriate for adults and children working together with adults. Join the fun as a family if you'd like! Pre-class email will be sent during the week of class. 

Maximum number of participants: 6

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Bonita experiencia

Una experiencia no sólo llena de mucho aprendizaje sobre parte de la cultura guatemalteca sino también de momentos divertidos con personas increíbles, te enseña paso a paso la elaboración de los lindos pompones y el maestro hace que todo sea más fácil, una clase de la que te llevas un lindo recuerdo y sin duda querrás regresar.


As a Guatemalan artist I know a bit about textiles, natural dyes and I had seen some pompoms in Chichicastenango but this experience was not only different but taught me so much more about Guatemalan culture.

Chato and Mari led us into an amazing class filled with color and stories about Chajul and its traditions.

This is A MUST if you are into textiles, colors or simply want to experience something new! Perfect to take when visiting Antigua and I think you can request a virtual option to take from the comfort of your home across the world!


There are many wonderful things I could say about this experience with Kakaw Designs, but as someone who generally feels like I was born without the artsy/crafty gene, what I loved most was how Chato and Mari made pompom-making feel accessible to someone like me! The step-by-step guidance was clear and easy to follow. The environment was friendly, beautiful, and down to earth. And now I have my own cute pompoms that I made myself to proudly adorn and remember this delightful experience. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone!

Sarah Riggott
A simple by beautiful activity

I’ve always loved these traditional Guatemalan pompoms but thought they would be impossible to make. However, Chato makes it easy!

On a lovely sunny morning, a small group of us got together with tea and snacks and listened to the history of pompoms before watching Chato shows us how to make them. He explains everything step by step in an easy to follow way, ensuring you are able to make your own colourful pompom. With tons of materials and Mari and Evelyn there to help along the way, everyone came away with their own individualised pompom and a new skill.

It was so much fun, a way to take a break from life and now I have a new skill! Highly recommended.