These rustic baskets have been used as baby carriers by indigenous communities in Central Mexico since pre-Hispanic times – a tradition that continues in present day. Traditionally, the top strap is worn across the forehead, so that parents can carry their little ones on their backs, while getting their chores done.
These stunning pieces of history would also work beautifully as wall art, a holder for dried flowers, washcloths or other reusable wipes.
Made by a democratic collective of ten women artisans in Mexico
Total hanging length is approximately 36"
Basket dimensions: 11" long x 6" wide per side, opening is approximately 4" wide
Care instructions: Wipe with damp cloth, warm water and mild soap to clean. Do not leave damp for long periods of time. If item is left wet and develops a musty scent place in a warm dry location.
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.
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