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Ikat Backstrap Clutch

$32.00
Eco-Friendly
 Empowers Workers
 Women/Person of Color Owned
Brand SLATE + SALT
Discount code DONEGOOD
Discount amount 20% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER
SKU 740_bsku_BR1713_pID_59440365584.0
Brand’s Story

Traditional techniques meet modern design with SLATE + SALT’s collection of one-of-a-kind pieces. Founded by Lyndsay, a travel junkie who fell in love with the people, cultures and craftsmanship she encountered exploring off the beaten path villages across Southeast Asia. She shares an ever-evolving selection of designs from her personal relationships with talented artisans in 14 countries and counting!

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Carry a piece of history with this adorable little clutch. The tribal ikat design is handwoven on traditional backstrap looms by artisans in the highlands of Guatemala. Their internationally renowned weaving skills tell a story through color and patterns of a tradition passed down through generations. 

  • Material: 100% Cotton with natural dyes 
  • Measurements: L 8" x H 5.5" + 4" Tassel
  • Details: Zippered closure, black lining + tassel pull
  • Handmade with love in Guatemala
  • As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind. 

Artisan Profile

A nonprofit organization located in Panajachel, a small town on Lake Atitlan in the western highlands of Guatemala, is dedicated to connecting 120 indigenous artisans from the surrounding area to international markets. Through Fair Trade programs, they empower women artisans, their families, and their communities to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. The foundation leverages traditional Maya heritage and art to rescue, preserve and promote the ancestral culture of the highland artisans with a focus on backstrap weaving. By earning a fair price for their work, the artisans are able to provide sustenance, medical care and education to their children and contribute economically in their communities.

The textiles are entirely produced on traditional backstrap looms, which have been in use since the time of the Maya empire. This highly specialized weaving technique has been passed down from grandmother to mother and mother to daughter for hundreds of generations and produces intricate, durable textiles. This technique is time consuming but also very versatile and can be used to create fabrics light or heavy, smooth or textured, with endless color combinations and ikat designs.

Guatemala Backstrap Loom      

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