ALICIA is the perfect option when you want a bag that is small, just big enough to carry all your essentials. Toss in your phone, keys, wallet and lipstick as you head out the door to spend the day with your friends! Alicia is easy wearable with a crossbody strap over your shoulder. Not only is she comfortable and stylish to wear, she is super useful when you are always on the go or traveling. Take her on a party night with the girls or on a shopping splurge through world cities like Rome, Chicago or Perth. Your valuables will be safe in her thanks to her top zip closing. Just wear her in front! ALICIA is super versatile; she is the perfect mix of chic and casual. But the best, Alicia is one-of-a-kind, you will never find two that are exactly alike. Her textile is decorated with machine embroidery, which is crafted through a foot powered – treadle – sewing machine. Its stunning and elaborated designs are made by hand, guiding the textile in the sewing machine without any formal pattern. The patterns and the symbols on her textile are complex and have a deep meaning that go back to the ancient Maya. The weaver women who made her put so much love into her, that you can feel the human touch. A special crossbody for a special lady!
UNIQUENESS – HANDMADE
Each of Mayella’s products is beautifully unique. We are proud that no piece will be exactly the same as another, since they are all handmade. A product that is not factory fabricated, that has human touch and is special, a real masterpiece! Please be aware that some of our products may have natural markings and imperfections, which should not be considered a fault. These imperfections make the piece special and a human art, they are appreciated.
We support the Guatemalan community with purchasing their beautiful handmade textiles for fair prices from the weavers on the local markets. It is very important to us that the they are paid fairly for their hard work. That’s why the artisans themselves set their price. We are giving you - the consumer - the opportunity to show social responsibility by shopping in Ethical Stores like Mayalla. Read more here.
We have sustainably sourced all our textiles from our local weavers in Guatemala on the markets in Chichicastenango, Antigua and Panajachel.
We want to show the world the rich Guatemalan culture by sharing its indigenous handcrafted fabrics and traditions with the world. And explaining the meanings of their traditional textiles and other ancient traditions. Many people have never heard of Guatemala, so we see it as our challenge to change that!
Please note that due to different color settings on the device displays, the color of the leather and textile that you receive may not exactly match what you see on your screen. However, we try our best to provide accurate photos of our products that closely match their actual color.
Made in Guatemala
Black full grain leather (Each bag varies slightly in texture and color)
Machine embroidery fabric body (There may be color variations)
The textile of this bag is decorated with machine embroidery, it is stitched by a person with a sewing machine on top of colorful cotton in the most lively and vibrant colors. This process is called free-motion machine embroidery. This technique can be very time-consuming. Because its stunning and elaborated designs are made by hand, guiding the textile in the sewing machine without any formal pattern.
The artisan has to manually trim and clean up loose or connecting threads after termination of the design and must pause to re-thread the machine manually for each subsequent color. It’s more a manual process rather than an automatized computerized reproduction. Each piece is therefore beautifully unique and cannot be exactly reproduced! This hand embroidery machine textile is characterized by colorful flowers in different shapes and sizes. They are prominent Mayan motifs, traditionally symbolizing the cycle of birth, death and regeneration and stand for the woman’s fecundity and connects her to the spiritual realm. Many communities in Guatemala have increased the use of machine embroidery to depict on huipils figures that previously were woven on the backstrap loom.
H: 16 cm - 6.3 in
W: 26 cm - 10.2 in
D: 7 cm - 2.7 in
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