Skip the plastic and go eco-friendly with this lightweight mesh tote that is both durable and timeless. Maguey plant fiber is stripped from the agave leaf with a machete, spun into cord on the thigh of the artisan, and expertly woven by hand using traditional processes that have been passed down through generations. This expandable piece is finished with an adjustable strap of hand-cut leather, and features a fine mesh weave that is done with a special smoking process. Due to the natural dye process, the hue varies from piece to piece – no two are exactly the same.
- Made by six different artisan makers who themselves use the bags as a wardrobe staple in the highlands of Southern Mexico. Typically made by an older generation of artisans as a means of supplemental income, which they make while they are passing the time tending to their livestock.
- Dimensions: approximately 15" x 15" when stretched
- Care: This natural piece is incredibly durable, however leather conditioner should be applied to the strap in order to avoid drying and cracking over time. A weather protective spray can be applied to strap to keep stains from happening.
- Special note: Given the nature of handmade goods the size, design, and hue may vary slightly from the featured product image. The rustic leather adjustable strap is hand-tooled which may cause some nicks, scratches, and variances in the leather.
Meet the Makers
Founded in 2016, by Ehren Seeland, Hecho is a curated emporium of ethically made artisan works that serve as the intersection of contemporary design and traditional artisan processes. Ehren is committed to the recognition of a desire to share these remarkable experiences within the context of a sustainable business built on partnerships, respect and transparency.
Hecho is a woman-owned company based in Oaxaca, Mexico that collaborates with over 70 artisans in eight different Mexican states, along with two small towns in Guatemala, in order to create their custom collections. The goal of these efforts is to support the storied traditions of generations of makers, and further a growing movement of quality over quantity. There is an added focus on supporting women in their work, with over 65% of their artisan partners being female. To ensure safe and healthy working environments, the makers are visited in their homes and workshops. If the women artisans are not respected in either realm, Hecho will not work with the group. Hecho also strives to maintain a focus on visibility for artisans, supporting women in their work, and encouraging preservation of artisan art forms through positive shared revenue streams.
In short, this is a business partnership in which both the makers and Hecho hold each other to a high standard. Aren't we the lucky ones that we get the benefit of having beautifully and ethically made goods in our homes. Thanks to the artisans for keeping their traditions alive and thanks to Ehren for her work in collaborating with them on this journey.