Each Bohemian Tote Bag is One of a Kind, made from authentic Guatemalan fabric and sourced directly by ourselves.
<<~ Features ~>>
- Handmade from Handwoven, Vintage Guatemalan textiles
- One of a Kind
- Made in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
- Created and Upcycled from "cortes" (hand woven typical skirts) that are no longer worn or used
- Exterior zippered closure
- Interior pocket for keys, phone, oils, wallet, etc.
- Handmade Tassels
<<~ Dimensions ~>>
(all dimensions are approximate as each piece is unique)
• 14 in. Width (at top opening - 13" zipper length)
• 15 in. Length (length from top of bag to the bottom
• 4 in. Depth (distance from side to side at the top of the tote)
• 8 in. Width
• 6 in. Length
Both Exterior and Inside pocket have zippers
<<~ SHIPPING ~>>
This tote bag ships from the USA. Shipping options are available at checkout.
<<~ GUATEMALAN TEXTILES ~>>
In Mayan society it is the responsibility of the women women to maintain the traditions of weaving and embroidering. It is more than the creation of these textiles. The act of wearing woven and embroidered clothing, huipils (blouses) and cortes (skirts), is very important and considered a way of preserving of their culture. In addition to keeping their artisan work alive by passing down the art form of weaving from generation to generation for hundreds of years, women are able to sell their hand-woven and hand-embroidered fabrics and textiles to empower themselves.
The traditional dress is called “traje” which dually functions as clothing and as a statement of cultural and personal identity. The huipil and corte are universal elements of every traje and every item is a one-of-a-kind piece of art, significant to Mayan culture.
The Huipil is a Mayan, square-cut blouse that is hand woven on a back-strap loom. To make one huipil, the weaver must spend several hours a day on her knees weaving, over the course of several months. The loom is made of 5 parallel sticks and stretched out between the weaver and a pole or tree. It is portable and thus allows the women to work between completing household chores and taking care of her children. Each huipil is uniquely decorated by the weaver and adored with various imagery from Mayan culture and myth.
The Corte is a Mayan, wrap around skirt. It is a cut of cloth typically thinner, wider, and longer than the huipil. The corte is made with a foot-loom and requires more strength to work than the back-strap loom and because of this it is typically the men who weave the cortes. As the cortes are woven, each string is dyed to create the patterns and images that adorn them.
To hold up the cloth skirt, women use a “faja,” a long and embroidered belt. Some fajas have simple designs and patterns while others are elaborately adorned.
<<~ ABOUT US~>>
We believe in bringing beautiful art into the world. We partner with Guatemalan textile artisans to design and produce one of a kind apparel infused with indigenous, handmade Mayan art. The work we do employs and supports local families in Guatemala.