Harmony Convertible Bag Medium - HM21 Gemini
Our Harmony Convertible Bag is carefully crafted with top-grain leather, the most common part of the hide. This leather is sanded down and imprinted with an artificial grain to give a perfectly uniform stain. This sustainable leather handbag is a smooth color, soft, slouchy and extremely lightweight.
Created by our artisan partner Don Vicente and Ofelia in a small home workshop, your purchase supports our sustainable project to provide dignified job opportunities to indigenous artisans in Guatemala.
Convertible style with removable straps for a comfortable wear three different ways!
Includes matching leather cross body strap and a pair of backpack straps.
Additional storage at neckline, one interior zipper pocket, two interior open pockets, one exterior zipper pocket.
Bag comes with a unique pom pom, multi-color dust-bag and information card about the artisan your purchase supports.
Pairs perfectly with any of our embroidered straps!
No two bags are the same! Hiptipico prides itself on uniqueness and authenticity. Every Hiptipico product is 100% handmade and has the human touch of the weaver and maker in each stitch. This makes our products uniquely charming and distinct from factory-made accessories. No two are exactly the same and imperfections are to be expected and appreciated.
Two in stock: this particular textile was large enough to produce two *nearly* identical bags using both the front and back of the same hand woven huipil.
Hiptipico leather bags are crafted and designed by local artisans in small home workshops. These artisanal workshops are indigenous-owned and purchasing items with these vendors supports a small local business, motivates local entrepreneurial spirits and stimulates the local economy.
Hiptipico bags are crafted using sustainable leather. We are conscious to source from leather providers that have sustainable practices and view leather as a byproduct of the meat industry. This prevents future waste and utilizes all parts of the animal.
H 11", W 15", D 5"
ETHNICITY: MAYA K’ICHÉ’
Originally from the culturally rich village of Chichicastenango, Maria and her family have been in the used textile business for over 20 years now! Doña María is the matriarch of her family and total jefa managing various stalls in markets across Guatemala. Her children Edgar and Lidia have continued their family's legacy and are known for sourcing some of the best vintage pieces honoring all the huipiles of Guatemala. To show their loyalty to their Maya roots, all the women in Maria's family graciously wear their traditional garb, speak the indigenous language K'iche' and are passing all this cultural knowledge down to their children, Maria's grandchildren!
ORIGIN: SANTA CATARINA PALOPÓ
ETHNICITY: MAYA KAQCHIQUEL
Teresa and her family have been an essential part of the Hiptipico team since 2014. Dona Teresa is the highlight of our ethical tours, mother to our operations assistant, designer of our floral greeting cards and creator of the dust bag that protects each Hiptipico product. That means every single order at Hiptipico is touched by the love, creativity and pride of Doña Teresa and her family! The entire family is involved in their small business that started with her creative weaving talent! And thanks to your support, Teresa has had a dignified job opportunity making a living wage for the past 6 years to support her family of 10!
ORIGIN: MOMOSTENANGO, TOTONICAPÁN
ETHNICITY: MAYA K’ICHÉ’
Don Vicente and his family have a quaint home workshop and local storefront in Panajachel. He comes from a family of rural sheep farmers and at a young age, he moved to Pana to start his own business producing a more extensive line of artisan goods using high quality materials and genuine leather. Over the years, he and his wife Ofelia have designed and perfectly curated a collection with unbeatable craftsmanship. They are a passionate family dedicated to incorporating the authentic indigenous culture into their work and passing these artisanal techniques down to their children. Now his son is the manager of their storefront and their daughters help with client relations which includes collaborating with us! We love being able to work alongside the next generation and create beautiful designs in teamwork with Don Vicente and his family!