Casa de los Gigantes has been around since the 1960s when a graphic artist from Chicago visited Antigua and became enchanted with the city, its climate, people and culture. He settled here and developed the business to share the crafts of artisans from the Guatemalan highlands. Casa de los Gigantes was born.
In 1995, (twenty-five years later!) a Chilean-born crafts enthusiast also fell in love with Antigua. With the store’s original owner ready to retire, she decided to continue his mission of bringing Guatemala’s tradition of wonderful crafts to the rest of the world.
Since then, we have continued our collaboration with artisans all over the country, expanding our range of our handcrafted products. We are now a team of 13 dedicated staff members here in Antigua, as well as hundreds of artisans and partners across Guatemala. Since our creation, we have developed our export business by collaborating with designers from both Guatemala and the United States, as well as large and small retailers in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Our products are now sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, El Salvador, as well as Guatemala. We are excited to continue our journey over the next fifty years.
Accolades & expanded horizons
We have been members of AGEXPORT for the last 20 years and won the Best Exporter of the Year Award in 2004.
We have participated in the NWCF every year since its inception, as well as the Santa Fe Folk Art Market and the NY Fair.
We have also made significant investments in our own carpentry shop, and were the first organization in Guatemala to work with plantation grown teak. While initially working with highland pine in our carpentry shop, we now have a complete line of products made from teak from the lowlands of Guatemala. Our natural fiber offerings have grown from straw hats to a line of decorative vases, coasters, hot pads, and baskets made from pine needles.
Having started with a small selection of textiles, we now offer products made with traditional weaving techniques and new designs inspired by these techniques.