Guatemala’s textile industry has had its share of innovative workers, but few have been as important as a Guatemalan textile worker named Juan Carlos Llana.
The 32-year-old Llana is an apprentice at a factory that specializes in creating textile textiles for the Guatemalan government, the United Nations and other countries.
Llana has a flair for the creative, with an affinity for creating hand-stitched designs and sewing designs that are then used for other projects.
“It’s like an artistic and unique work,” Llana said.
“It’s very important to me.
I work very hard, and it’s very nice to work with people like that.”
The first time Llana saw a pattern was on a napkin.
He loved the idea of making the pattern on a piece of paper and then sewing it onto his own clothing, he said.
“He was the first person to do that,” said Joaquin Rodriguez, a designer at the Guatemalans textile company, El-Roc.
The company started producing clothing for the government in 2007.
Today, Llana oversees an intricate team of workers and technicians.
His skills range from creating the pattern, sewing it on, sewing onto, and then finishing the finished product.
“I do it because it’s important for me to be able to make something,” Llane said.
In addition to his work for El-Rosario, Llane has been working on various projects with other companies in the Guatemalo textile industry.
He’s also a part of a design school that teaches children how to create and sell handmade items.
The textile industry is one of the most innovative in Guatemala, and Llana’s unique skills will only help it continue to grow, said Rodriguez.
“His skills are going to help us grow the textile industry,” Rodriguez said.
Some of the best-known Guatemalas textile factories include El-Pepin, a major producer of textiles and apparel for the United States, and El-Alam, which produces clothing for Europe, Canada and Japan.
Llane is currently working at El-Zarzal, a factory in the northern city of Santa Cruz.
The factory produces hand-knit apparel for men, women and children.
The country has about 5,000 textile factories, but there are a few other companies that are making their mark.
Among them is the famous La Casa Misericordia textile factory in Guatemala City.
La Casa’s owner, Jorge Villamil, has been making garments for Guatemala’s military since the 1980s.
In 2014, he sold his factory and moved to Guatemala City, where he began his own textile company.
Villamil has more than 30 years of experience in the textile sector.
He started La Casas in 1998 and was the second-generation owner.
“The first factory was a small place,” Villamuil said.
But the company quickly expanded and now has about 10,000 employees and a production capacity of about 10 million garments a year.
Villambil said La Casabian is an example of how to develop a small business with the right mindset.
“You don’t start a small company because you are going through an economic crisis, you start it because you know what you need to do to grow,” Villambil explained.
“We’re very good at managing people and giving them good advice,” he added.
La Castabian started with two sewing machines, which it sold for about $5 each, but then made more machines for customers, who could then make more items.
Villambi said his first factory customers were the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
La Campana, the other major La Casajian factory, has about 2,000 people working there, including Llana and some other people.
“La Campanese are very good workers,” Villal said.
The workers are also involved in social projects, which includes creating artworks for children, including a mural of a young boy with a pencil.
“A lot of children are struggling to find their voice in the industry,” Villamaril said, noting that his workers are part of the youth movement in Guatemala.