Our largest bag features a motif typical of the traditional woven blouse (huipil) of San Juan Cotzal. This motif can be traced back to an idea central to the ancient Maya worldview of cosmic duality, commonly represented by two-headed "cosmic monster" figures which unite the earth, sky and underworld.The cosmic monster represents the annual agricultural cycle, as well as the cycle of time more generally. These figures have become abstracted over time and are now commonly depicted as zigzag lines.
Technique: Backstrap loom with brocade design; Handcrafted leather
Time to make: 7 days
Origin: Cotzal, Quiché, Guatemala
Size: 20 in. wide (upper), 13.5 in. wide (base), 12 in. deep
Strap drop: 11 inches
Closure: Metal magnet
Inside pockets: One; Open; 7 in. wide, 5.5 in. deep
Materials: 100% Cotton (weaving) and fine grain leather (sides, base, straps); 100% upcycled cotton from The New Denim Project (lining), a Guatemalan denim upcycling initiative.