Rebozo Crossbody - Midnight
Made in Mexico
by artisan women
Carry this crossbody bag with you everywhere! Hand-woven on a loom, each bag has a unique design and is as individualistic as you are. Every bag supports Vayu artisans in Mexico.
Rebozo Handmade Black Crossbody Bag, Fair Trade Handbag | Midnight
- Vegan leather with cotton lining
- Approximately 7" tall, 10" wide (not including strap)
- Adjustable strap adds up to 23" in height
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Vayu offers artisans the opportunity to earn a living by making various types of bags. They work to preserve the Mexican traditions of weaving rebozos; handwoven fabric with a beautiful pattern, which they use traditional looms to weave. Vayu is environmentally conscious and the artisans use local materials. Vayu also collaborates with the foundation Pro Captive Women, which enables women in different prisons to take sewing classes and to make Vayu bags, which allows them to earn money and prepare for their future beyond jail. By offering quality handmade Mexican products and supporting Mexican women, Vayu hopes to create a larger appreciation of Mexican culture, craft, and design.
Vayu is working to preserve the Mexican tradition of weaving rebozos, handwoven fabric with a beautiful pattern. Rebozos have been woven for more than 400 years, and have traditionally been worn as shawls or accessories by Mexican women. Rebozos gained popularity and prestige to become a symbol of femininity in the Mexican culture. They have been worn by notable women throughout history, including Frida Kahlo, actress Maria Felix, and Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala. Though they are still worn in many rural regions, their popularity has diminished in urban areas.
Today, artisans working with Vayu in Mexico continue to weave these beautiful textiles using traditional techniques. The marbled pattern is created with the ikat technique. Ikat is an ancient Malay yarn-tying technique that involves tying the fiber into bundles, then dipping it into dye. The tied portions of the yarn resist the dye, creating intricate patterns. Artisans then weave this yarn on traditional looms to create the rebozo. After the majority of the rebozo has been woven, skilled women use a complicated and meticulous technique to finger weave and secure the last rows. Some women specialize in finger weaving, and are able to integrate intricate designs and lettering into the fabric.
The culture of Mexico is one of the richest and most ancient in the western hemisphere. Its cultural, geographical and historical wealth is palpable and it can be appreciated through its architecture and pyramids, and traditions. Most of Mexico’s art is still created through processes that have not changed since the Aztec civilization. Clay pottery, vibrant designs, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and outer garments with angular designs and colorful baskets and rugs are some of the common items associated with Mexican art.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.