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Mexican Market Bags: Loom Woven Otomi Embroidered Bag

  • 4900

Otomi is the traditional embroidery technique of Mexico, featuring the native flora and fauna of the country. These gorgeous bags are embroidered by hand by an extended family of artisans in Chiapas, Mexico, with designs that depict the plants and animals of the surrounding forests. (It's the same family that has been making the protective face masks we've been offering since the summer of 2020.)

The backing is cotton woven by hand on a waist loom. That fabric is then hand embroidered, stitch by stitch, in the bold colorful patterns typical of Otomi embroidery. Large, strong. Holds quite a lot! Sturdy handles attach to the bag by braided straps; the braids are created from the loose strands left after the weaving is complete. Each bag measures about 27" from bottom to top of handle; the bag itself is 15" x 15". We call them market bags, but they're also beautifully fashionable. Each is handmade, so each is absolutely unique, so keep in mind the one you receive is not necessarily going to be exactly what you see here in the photos... but it will be close. We are so pleased to bring these to you!

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