Mini Messenger Bag
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Run around in style with our Mini Messenger. Featuring a sleek, full-leather body complemented by a graphic, hand-woven shoulder strap, it is the perfect size to carry essentials for a classic day or night look. Handmade from non-toxic dyed sheep wool, finished with locally sourced Peruvian leather and accented with bronze hardware accessories.
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.
Story of the design: The woven strap has been inspired by the Quechua motif, Apu. Apu can mean both “God” or “mountain” in Quechua. The undulating lines represent the mountain skyline of the Sacred Valley, a powerful symbol for the Incans who believed that the mountains provide a connection to the gods and spirituality.
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.