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Mini Backpack with Ikat Pattern

Mini Backpack with Ikat Pattern

Made by Francisca and an Association of Weavers

Regular price $125.00 USD
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  • Guatemala Country OutlineMade in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
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  • Natural Fibers IconNatural Fibers
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About the Backpack

Ever feel like you don't want to lug a big backpack for smaller items? Just carry a Mini Backpack, big enough for a paperback, water bottle, phone, wallet... Made with naturally-dyed and handwoven textile both inside and out, and light enough to have on your back all day.

Comes with three inner pockets, adjustable leather straps, and a magnet to keep the backpack securely closed.

Dimensions:

Height: 13in

Width: 9in

Depth: 4in

About the Artisan

Traditional Mayan weaving is an ideal way for women to work from home, giving them an opportunity to care for their children while supporting the family financially.

An association of about 15 weavers and dyers at Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is led by Francisca. She is one of the founders of the cooperative and oversees the production of totes, luggage tags, coasters, and other items.

The women use a traditional backstrap loom, weaving white patterns on top of indigo in a process called ikat, where parts of the yarn is protected with a resistant before dyeing.

The association is a strong believer in the positive impacts associated with supporting women to have income through flexible at-home work.

Care Instructions

Polish the leather, using a clear polish or oil and wipe it well so it doesn't stain your clothes when wearing.

To clean the Ikat textile, spot-clean by dabbing the textile with a bit of water and gentle detergent.

Materials

Dyed cotton, genuine leather. The dyes include indigo, tumeric, and palo de la vida (a local Guatemalan tree), depending on the design.

A backstrap-woven textile with warp dyed for the outer weave. The inner lining is made of repurposed material from a cotton skirt.

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