Inti Tote Bag
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Bold, sophisticated, and endlessly practical, this handmade tote is perfect to take with you anywhere from worldwide travel to everyday errands. Including a snap for closure and interior pockets for storage, the Inti tote will comfortably fit most medium to large laptops along with all your other essentials. Handmade from non-toxic dyed sheep wool and finished with locally sourced Peruvian leather.
Textile Tradition: In the Andes, women artisans use the backstrap loom for traditional woven textiles. It is a completely non-mechanised loom, the oldest form in the world. It is constructed with wood, bone and strings, easily portable and possible to be set up in the home or elsewhere. All of the textiles used in Awamaki’s bags and purses are woven on back-strap looms by women living in remote Andean communities around the Sacred Valley.
Artisans: Awamaki works with different cooperatives in the Patacancha and Kelkanka communities for woven textiles, it is based on a rotation system to ensure income and orders are equally distributed amongst the artisans. There are 3 cooperatives - Awac Phuna, Songuillay and Wakanquilla Kelkanca - with about 90 women artisans who partner with Awamaki to weave textiles.