Harmony Sling Bag - S18
Our Harmony Sling Bag is artisanally made with top-grain leather and a traditional huipil from the village of Patzún, Guatemala. The eye-catching colors and intricate pattern of the textile body was originally created on a back-strap loom and feature hand-embroidery by a female weaver. This huipil was previously worn by an indigenous woman, has deep-rooted cultural significance, and is in vintage condition.
This sling bag was crafted by our artisan partner Don Vicente and Ofelia in a small home workshop and the textile was sustainably sourced from our long-term artisan partner Elena originally from the village of Patzún. Your purchase supports our sustainable project to provide dignified job opportunities to indigenous artisans in Guatemala.
Unique textile and leather combination, two front zippers.
Includes adjustable and removable matching leather strap.
Bag comes with a multi-color dust-bag and information card about the artisan your purchase supports.
Pairs perfectly with 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.
More about the leather:
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.
Top-grain leather is sanded down and imprinted with an artificial grain to give a perfectly uniform stain. Our Harmony sustainable leather handbag is a uniform color, soft, slouchy and extremely lightweight.
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.
This bag is part of our Zero Waste Collection, which features textile treasures from indigenous villages all around Guatemala, a country world famous for its intricate textiles and hand-embroidery. This collection is all about art appreciation and revival! When purchasing huipiles for crafting our artisanal bags, we make it our priority to select only textiles that could no longer be worn to truly give them a second life.
H 5'' x W 10''
18'' - 36'' long x 1'' wide
ORIGIN: PATZÚN, CHIMALTENANGO
ETHNICITY: MAYA KAQCHIKEL
Doña Elena, Doña Juana and Helencita are our favorite vendors to visit at the Panajachel Bomberos Textile Market. Their families have been selling at this market for close to 20 years and they have the most incredible collection of huipiles from their village of Patzún, Chimaltenango. These huipiles are most easily identified by their gorgeous embroidered flowers at the neckline with a maroon striped woven body to follow. All of the Patzún textiles we use are sustainably sourced from Doña Elena and your purchase supports this hard-working female artisan family.
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!