I'm stoked to share with you today two gorgeous bags from Manos Zapotecas. All bags are fair trade, using time honored traditions by Zapotec weavers in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. You even get to learn about each artist who creates each bag. You can check out all their bios here, or when browsing the bags on their site, each listing has a link to the artist who personally made that bag.
The Maria Bucket Tote is the perfect bag to fit everything you need. It has quickly become my go to bag for a day out because it fits all my essentials and everything I need for my baby! A big must now that I am a mama. This would also make the perfect beach tote or gym bag. It features a zip closure on top and is lined with one interior pocket.
Starlight features an intricate God’s eye and agave design in dusty blue and cream on natural gray wool. I'm in love with the tones in this whole collection. (This bag is currently on my wishlist). This bag was handwoven by Malena.
This beautiful Lupita clutch in desert tones is just big enough to carry all of your essentials in if you don't want to carry a big bag. Or you could use it as a makeup tote. I have been using mine as a quick baby essential bag to throw in my purse for quick trips to town. It's just big enough to fit a few diapers, wipes, and an extra set of clothes!
The purpose of Manos Zapotecas is to perpetuate the beautiful traditions of the Zapotec artisans and improve their lives by connecting them with socially conscious consumers around the globe.
In 2009, Manos Zapotecas founder Shelley Tennyson was volunteering with a microfinance non-profit in the small Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. She was offering business classes to the female loan recipients, many of whom were weavers. Shelley realized that no matter how exquisite the product, or how savvy their business skills, without buyers, these hardworking and skilled artisans were not able to support themselves or their families adequately.
Three years later, Manos Zapotecas was born out of a belief that commerce can, and should, change lives for the better. What began as a wild idea to sell Zapotec bags globally, in a village where most of the women had never even left the state, has grown into a fair trade fashion brand run by a team of five women in the US that supports over 50 weavers in Oaxaca.
We strive to make a positive impact on the lives and communities of the artisans, by nurturing lasting relationships and always abiding by fair trade principles. Our designers work closely with the weavers to incorporate traditional handwoven tribal designs with modern styles, the results of which are beautiful, expertly crafted and unique bags.
Each MZ bag holds an element of discovery. From the significance of the Zapotec designs, to the bold color combinations, and most importantly, the distinct story of the artisan who wove it.