Large Weave Maguey Mesh Bag w Leather Strap

Large Weave Maguey Mesh Bag w Leather Strap

$40.00
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- Handmade in the highlands of Southern Mexico from natural agave string - The string is made by hand - The material is first stripped from the agave plant, washed and then pulled into very fine strands, it’s then counted per strand and rolled on the thigh to desired thickness - The weaving process is done on a wooden board wit nails on both end, using a process similar to hammock making - Once the long flat piece is complete, it’s sewn together with the same agave string to make a functional bag - The top of the bag is done in a braided design that’s made from the same agave string with a crochet hook - The straps are made from hand cut leather that is a natural by-product of local meat industry - The leather is dried in the sun, then stripped on a long board of wood with a machete - After this, it is cut to the desired size - This is a rustic leather that is typical to this region - Given the process, it’s natural for there to be marks, scratches and discolorations on the leather, as it is not a fine leather product - This is the same type of leather and process that has been used in this region for these straps for generations - These bags are made in varying thicknesses of string, with the extra fine weave bags taking an astonishing 4 – 5 weeks a piece to make a bag this size - These particular bags are the thickest weave that you can find in the region, and the artisans can usually make 2 – 3 bags a week - They’re usually made by families, so that they can partner up to complete larger orders - This is typically not a full-time craft, with these bags usually being made after the artisan’s full day of working in the fields - The bags can be cleaned by wiping them with a dry cloth, when required, they should not be washed or dried in a machine - These are the same bags that we use to dye our pink bags with natural cochineal dye - The straps should be sprayed with weather protector to keep the pieces from staining if they get wet - The straps will naturally darken with sun exposure and use, and can also be darkened further by rubbing simple vegetable cooking oil into the surface - The bags are made by both men and women, with our youngest partner being 44 years old and the oldest being 94 years old