Pastel Faux Suede-Accented Cotton Backpack from Guatemala, "Traditional Pastel"
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Inspired by the beauty of Guatemala, Mirian Otzin designs this fashionable backpack. She works on a traditional telar de pie, or floor loom, diligently hand-weaving colorful pastel zigzags and geometric patterns in the style of Mayan textiles. Faux suede accentuates this backpack, which can be worn on two adjustable straps or carried by a handle. A zipper pocket on the front provides space for storing odds and ends. The bag's main flap opens with a belt buckle, revealing a drawstring closure that opens to a cotton-lined interior with a zipper pocket on one side for storing small items.
- 0.30 kgs
- 0.7 lbs
- Bag: 36 cm H x 26 cm W x 12 cm D
- Bag: 14.25" H x 10.25" W x 4.7" D
- Straps: 58 cm min L - x 66 cm max L x 2.5 cm W
- Straps: 22.75" min L - x 26" max L x 1" W
- Strap drop length: 24 cm min L - x 30 cm max L
- Strap drop length: 9.5" min L - x 11.75" max L
- Handle: 10 cm L x 2 cm W
- Handle: 3.9" L x 0.8" W
- Handle drop length: 5 cm from strap to bag
- Handle drop length: 2" from strap to bag
- 100% cotton, polyester and polyurethane blend synthetic suede; cotton lining
- Adjustable strap(s)
- Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
- Wipe with a damp cloth
- Features a drawstring closure
- Features a belt buckle closure
- Free Gift Wrap? Yes
- Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
- Made in Guatemala.
- Certified and shipped by our office in Central America
Mirian embodies our Women’s Empowerment badge for the strength she has shown in the face of atrocity. "I suffered a terrible incident of sexual abuse, but I survived and have moved past it," she confides. Mirian continues to inspire us with her resilience. "When I was still a young girl, I learned the art of hand-weaving from my mother. I'm proud of preserving this ancient tradition and I'm passing it on to my children."
"I love this art because it represents my past and my present. Through our weavings, we communicate our cultural values. Preserving this beautiful artistic tradition has become a challenge since young women don't seem to be interested in weaving, so we need to promote it or else it will die out." Mirian first learned how to weave from her mother, and wishes to inspire others and pass this tradition down to new generations."
Mirian is a strong and amazing women who has managed to overcome a horrible incident of sexual abuse. Her hard work and determination have made her the inspirational woman she is today.
Mirian has worked hard to create new designs which has led to the increase in her sales. Her perseverance and passion have helped her continuously expand and grow her weaving workshop.
Mirian Otzin has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $200.
Both of her children are still in school and Mirian plans to continue to financially support their education.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.
Mirian has two children that she supports, Julio and Ferando.
Mirian gives work to both women and men in her workshop.