Our Bags: 

Weaving colorful cotton fabric was an art form among high ranking ancient Mayan women.  The Mayas cultivated cotton and used natural dyes from plant, animal and mineral sources.  They used spinning whorls to create thread that was dyed vibrant red, yellow, green, and blue.  A backstrap loom was used to weave patterns, usually glyphs, geometric shapes, plants and flowers. Mayans have been weaving for over two thousand years. IN Mayan mythology refers to Ix Chel was the goddess of weaving. The story goes she taught the first woman to weave at the beginning of time.

Our Huipil is sourced throughout Guatemala. Tia Sadie uses uses vintage upcycled huipil that are telling a traditional story in a modern day with this ancient art form.  Each artisan incorporates the culture and heritage in to each huipil along with their own personal style, Letting you know exactly where your huipil is from. We take pride in purchasing our huipils from as many women as possible and paying a fair price. the huipil is hand washed before being transformed into your bag. The leather is hand treated and cut. No machines are used other than a sewing machine during assembly.

 xo,Tia Sadie

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huipil

 hui·pil  \ wēˈpēl \

noun  hui·pil  \ wēˈpēl \ plural huipils \-lz\ or huipiles \-(ˌ)lās\

a straight slipover one-piece garment that is made by folding a rectangle of material end to end, sewing up the straight sides but leaving openings near the folded top for the arms, and cutting a slit or a square in the center of the fold to furnish an opening for the head, is often decorated with embroidery, and is worn as a blouse or dress by women chiefly in Mexico and Central America

backstrap loom

  back·strap  \ ˈbak-ˌstrap \ \ ˈlüm \

noun

  1. a simple horizontal loom, used especially in Central and South America, on which one of two beams holding the warp yarn is attached to a strap that passes across the weaver's back.

faja

fa·ja  \ ˈfä(ˌ)hä 

 

noun

  1. a broad, brightly colored sash traditionally worn by Spanish and Latin American men.