I feel so truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Manos Zapotecas and help bring awareness to this incredible company. Shelly Tennyson founded Manos Zapotecas after volunteering in the indigenous village of Teotitlan del Valle where she learned of a dying tradition. The Zapotec people have been weaving back before 500BC, when their handcrafted pieces were traded all across Mesoamerica. Because of political turmoil and the increase in violence from drug trafficking, the Zapotec people’s handcrafted goods are facing a vanishing market as the tourism industry continues to plummet. The weavers are only now able to sell a fraction of what they were once able to, with many being forced to abandon their craft and tradition in favor of more lucrative ventures.
Manos Zapotecas features products created by these weavers, providing them with a platform to sell their products on an international level, while giving them fair trade prices to help them grow their businesses and sustain their communities.
I was fortunate enough to receive this gorgeous bag, Colornation, which is handcrafted from leather and wool and hand-dyed in Mexico.
The quality of this tote is incomparable and running my fingers over the leather handles and soft, interior lining makes me feel connected to the artisan, who worked so very diligently and carefully to produce this unique tote to share a tradition and build a better future for the community.
Thanks for everything you do, Manos Zapotecas, and thank you for sharing it with us!