Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Heritage Handcrafted: "How it's Made" With a Mission

It is possible to look great and do even better. Our Navy Suede Farida Shopper and companion Navy Ines Wallet are created in collaboration with indigenous artisans using traditional hand-weaving and leather-working techniques. Each piece is entirely unique, literally weaving a narrative of the individual artisans, their heritage, traditions, and skills. Take a quick trip with us to learn more about the who, where, and how of these high-quality, handcrafted pieces!

 Situated between three volcanoes in the Guatemalan highlands is a beautiful village called Zunil. While Zunil's primary industry is agriculture, there is also a cooperative of indigenous people based there utilizing traditional Mayan weaving techniques to create vibrant, geometric designs on straps known as "fajas." The designs are entirely up to the individual artisan's creative interpretation; elements are repeated but color combinations are practically endless!

Navy Ines Wallet

The leather is sourced from a tannery in the nearby town of Quetzaltenango and assembled by a family of leather smiths. The juxtaposition of dazzling woven design and chic Nubuck leather generates textural tension that gets the glances!

Choose from our shopper tote or wallet styling with the knowledge that the earnings are being invested back in artisan partners. They receive training and support that facilitates growth and development, and opens pathways to economic empowerment. Your purchase supports the Art Institute and creative artisans, and who wouldn't feel good about that?


To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

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