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Ikat Backstrap Clutch

Ikat Backstrap Clutch

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Carry a piece of history with this adorable little Ikat Backstrap Clutch. The tribal ikat design on your handbag 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. Eco-friendly and sustainably produced.

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

We are proud to sell the Women owned brand of Slate & Salt, which produces Handmade, one-of-a kind pieces while preserving traditional techniques and supporting the Fair-Trade movement. You will love their beauty and craftmanship. What you wear and how you chose to shop says a lot about who you are. As a socially conscious buyer you are positively impacting the world by enabling rural artisans in underdeveloped nations to support their families and continue to live in their own communities. When you purchase ethically produced goods you are helping to break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that empower women entrepreneurs and educate children. The economic empowerment gives them the opportunity to stay in their villages. Buying this product results in Social Good.

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.

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