Description From Catrinka
Size: 10" x 6" (adjustable crossbody strap)
Material: cotton and acrylic, cow leather strap and metal hardware
Handmade in Mexico
We don't like to pick favorites but if we did this bag would be it. If you are looking to add a pop of color to your summer wardrobe in the most unique way, try the Agustina Crossbody. Each textile panel is unique, woven by hand on a backstrap loom in Chenalho, Chiapas, by Agustina Pérez Gómez and other master weavers, and embroidered by hand in each woman's unique take on the huipil design traditional to their community. Each panel takes a month to embroider and while they are currently making more, they are extremely limited edition. Available in red/multi and purple. Pictured here with the Agustina Tassel in small, sold separately.
Impact: each bag provides 7 days of work for women and 1 day of life skills mentoring for girls.
The woman behind the bag:
Agustina is a single mother of two daughters, who chose to leave her husband. She is a weaver, embroiderer and maker of pompoms (see our Agustina Tassel and the Chiapas Pom) from the Grupo Paz cooperative in Chenalhó, Chiapas. She is the de facto leader of the cooperative, and the NGO that works with the group reports that "she has changed almost everything in her attitude" since she started working with the cooperative - "she is more open-minded, and has self-confidence when she talks." Photos are of Agustina and of Marcelina, of the Grupo Amanecer cooperative, who also created textiles for this bag.
Behind the shoot:
On location in Havana, Cuba with Alexandra Gurskaya Pineda ("Sasha"). In one shot we really wanted to get the crashing waves, so Sasha called on Yemayá - the goddess of the sea in the Yoruban tradition which is carried on in Cuba - who answered with force! Check out our Instagram feed for photos of the aftermath (spoiler alert: Sasha got drenched from head to toe). Luckily she came away feeling blessed.
Catrinka is out to empower women and girls at every step. Their beautiful bags and accessories are ethically-made by women around the world who are receiving fair wages. These women use traditional artisan techniques from their cultures and utilize sustainable, locally-sourced materials to further lift up their local economies. A portion of proceeds is then invested in education and mentoring for adolescent girls in the places where the products are made. To date, Catrinka has provided 55,00 days of education for girls and more than 2,500 days of fair work for women in 16 countries!
Catrinka's Return Policy
Catrinka accepts returns of unused products with original packaging and tags, within 30 days of purchase. Free returns for all shoe purchases. For all other purchases, they will send you a return label to use and will deduct the cost of the label from your refund. They will cover the outbound shipping cost for any exchange.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a return or exchange.