Natural plant fibers have played a central role in the creative industries of Mexico for thousands of years. These custom mesh bags in a delicate tone of blush pink pay tribute to this cultural legacy by combining handwoven bags made from agave leaf, with organic cochineal – a natural dye that was once the second most valuable trading commodity, only behind silver. This expandable medium weave piece features an adjustable strap of hand-cut leather, plus handmade pompoms in muted rose.
We work with six different artisan makers of these traditional handmade maguey bags. They are typically made by an older generation of artisans as a means of supplemental income, which they make while they are passing the time tending to their livestock.
The cochineal is sourced from a farm in the Oaxaca valley, and the bags are dyed by hand in our studio space. Cochineal is made from a parasitic being that lives on the paddle of the cactus. What was once a dye reserved for nobility, now graces a host of fine textiles, cosmetics and even food products.
The pompoms were made to our specifications by our artisan partner in the highlands of Southern Mexico, along with the leather straps.
In all, this piece helps to provide a positive steam of income for over 10 Mexican artisans.
Approximately 40cm long x 40cm wide unstretched (16” x 16”)
Approximately 40cm long x 45cm wide stretched (16” x 18”)
This natural piece is incredibly durable, however leather conditioner should be applied to the strap in order to avoid drying and cracking. A weather protective spray should also be applied to the strap to keep stains from happening.
Given the nature of handmade, sizes, designs and colors may vary slightly from the featured product image. The rustic leather straps are hand-tooled, and with this, there will be nicks, scratches and color variances in the leather – this is normal and due to the handmade process.
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