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Trama Textiles - Vegetable Tanned Leather Bag - Serpent embroidery - Kukulkan
Trama Textiles - Vegetable Tanned Leather Bag - Serpent embroidery - Kukulkan
Trama Textiles - Vegetable Tanned Leather Bag - Serpent embroidery - Kukulkan

Vegetable Tanned Leather Bag - Kukulkan

$120.00

The refined craftsmanship of TRAMA's weavers meets the Guatemalan vegetable tanning tradition to immerse you in the delicious fragrances and nuances of nature.


The secret lies in natural tannins (yes, like those you drink when savoring a cup of your favorite red wine).
These organic substances are tools in the hands of skilled artisans. Their creations are unique: each of these precious pieces displays rich, deep and earthy colors, together with a distinct, sweet aroma. These are features of high quality, coming from the tree barks, leaves and roots that compose the Guatemalan flora and tropical landscape.


Thanks to organic tannins, all our bags are also 100% biodegradable!
So, when the time comes, these beauties will naturally and quietly return to the earth. However, it will take fairly long before this happens: by altering the protein structure of each hide, tannins give leather distinctive strength and robustness.


All these marvellous qualities are further enhanced by our weavers' creativity!
Each bag's personality is indeed portrayed in charming recycled pieces of exquisite huipiles. 
Their refined designs echo the shape of Kukulkan, the Mayan serpent deity whose head is adorned with the iridescent feathers of the Quetzal bird. His cult was particularly important since it was one of the first to be widely spread, facilitating communication and trade among people of many different social and ethnic backgrounds...


So fascinating, isn't it?

 

What do you need to know?

Size: 35 cm length x 27 cm height x 8 cm width.
Care: Hand-wash in cold water, treat stains with mild detergent, lay flat to air dry.
Material: Rio Blanco Cotton, Vegetable-Tanned Leather.
Crafted In: The fabric for the bag is from Sacatepéquez and the leather is from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

 

WE ARE UNIQUE

Each bag is handmade by TRAMA's weavers using the traditional backstrap loom weaving technique of the Guatemalan highlands. Each product is the result of these women's craftsmanship combined with the expertise of Guatemalan leather artisans, so they are not only beautiful but also incredibly durable and resistant.

Being completely handmade, each of these bags has unique and inimitable features.

 

WE ARE SUSTAINABLE FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Our eco-friendly bags are made with 100% organic materials and passion.

The process of both vegetable tanning and weaving is energy- and resource-saving, with minimum usage of water and electricity.

TRAMA's cooperative guarantees fair wages to its weavers and funds education programmes for the young members of several Guatemalan communities.

By purchasing TRAMA's products, you are contributing to:

  • preserving our weavers' and artisans' craftsmanship and cultural identity.
  • developing businesses founded on fair wages for workers and respect for the environment.


WHAT'S MORE?

If your thirst for knowledge is unquenchable, feel free to email us all your doubts and questions. We will be happy to share with you all our secrets!

Write to: coordinator@tramatextiles.org.

Did you know that the Feathered Serpent was known by many names?

Kukulkan was the name used among the Mayans, while the Aztecs called him Quetzalcoatl.

Our weavers crafted marvellous items showcasing the vivid colors of the Earth and Sky, which some myths consider as creations of this powerful god... Check them out!

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