Harmony Convertible Bag Medium - H1001
Our Harmony Convertible Bag is artisanal made with top-grain leather and a traditional huipil from the village of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The eye-catching colors and intricate pattern of the textile body was originally created on a back-strap loom and features 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 bag was crafted by our artisan partner Don Vicente and Ofelia in a small home workshop and the textile was sustainable sourced from our long-term artisan partner Elena at the textile market in Panajachel. Your purchase supports our sustainable project to provide dignified job opportunities to indigenous artisans in Guatemala.
Unique textile and leather combination.
Convertible style with removable straps for a comfortable wear three different ways! Includes matching leather cross body strap and a pair of backpack straps.
Bag comes with a unique pom pom, multi-color dust-bag and information card about the artisan your purchase supports.
Additional storage at neckline, one interior zipper pocket, two interior open pockets, one exterior zipper pocket.
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.
Looking for a more heavy duty luxury leather handbag? Check out our Renegade Collection.
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 11", W 15", D 5"
Origin: Chichicastenango, Quiché
Ethnicity: Maya K'iche'
Originally from the culturally rich village of Chichicastenango, Lydia grew up surrounded by textiles and embroideries. As a young girl she frollicked amongst patterns and colors as her mother sold used traditional clothing at the local market. Her family has sourced traditional Mayan textiles for years and Lydia proudly maintains her culture by continuing in the family business. She graciously wears her native garb, speaks the indigenous language K'iche' and is passing all her cultural knowledge down to her children.
Origin: Momostenango, Totonicapán
Ethnicity: Maya K'iche'
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 working with artisan goods. Over the years, he and his wife Ofelia have acquired impeccably curated collection of Mayan textiles that they use to elaborate unique designs with unbeatable craftsmanship. They’re passionate about incorporating the authentic Mayan culture into their work and passing these artisan techniques down to their children.