VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
VALERIA TOTE BAG - Mayalla
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VALERIA TOTE BAG

Regular price $260.00 Save $-260.00
DESCRIPTION
VALERIA is that rare unicorn, the classy tote that is perfect for everyday use. A bag that is extremely beautiful and extremely practical at the same time. Made of gorgeous handwoven Mayan textile and premium Guatemalan leather, she has a truly unique design that make it worth the splurge. 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. She is not just a bag; she is a real piece of art with a soul. A classic bag with a pop of color, that makes you stand out. Take her to work or as a carry on for your next flight. She is big enough to fit a computer and daily essentials. Or take her to a shopping splurge, thanks to her zip top closure and internal side pockets, your belongings will be kept safe. Take her to a romantic dinner or for classy after work drinks. VALERIA offers a sleek and casual look for workdays and weekends alike. A special Tote for a special lady!

 

tote bag handmade mayalla huipil leather dark brown

 

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.

 

ETHICAL IMPACT 

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.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

We have sustainably sourced all our textiles from our local weavers in Guatemala on the markets in Chichicastenango, Antigua and Panajachel.

 

EMBRACING CULTURES

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.

 

DETAILS
  • Handmade
  • Made in Guatemala
  • Dark brown full grain leather (Each bag varies slightly in texture and color)
  • 100% handwoven vintage cotton fabric body (There may be color variations)
  • Two handles
  • Top zip closure, YKK Zippers
  • One inner pocket with zip closure
  • Two inner pockets, open
  • Golden Metal hardware

GIFT

  • Signature leather pom pom (in color of the bag)
  • Beige textile cover bag
  • Handwoven textile card
  • Handmade doll
  • Description & meaning of textile

     

    TEXTILE
    “Chichicastenango Huipil" the Guatemalan Blouse – Handwoven Textile
     

    The textile of this bag is a “huipil” (Guatemalan blouse) and comes from the village Chichicastenango, a town in the Guatemalan highlands which is known for its huge textile market and indigenous Maya culture. Its inhabitants dress daily with their colorful handwoven huipils. A new huipil can cost them easily a 2 months’ salary. The indigenous weavers are using the technique of loom and wool on a portable backstrap-loom to create their traditional dresses, which take 1-4 months to complete. The threads are usually naturally dyed by seeds and plants.

     Weaver women Guatemala Mayalla huipil making

     

    The huipil of Chichicastenango usually consists out of four different embroidered parts, depicting the four seasons of the Mayan calendar and a sun which is embroidered around the neckline. However, if a woman loses her husband, she wouldn’t wear a costume with a sun around her neck, because she would have lost her sun. The huipils here are characterized by colorful geometric, flower and bird patterns, a lot of pink with contrasting color accents, diamonds and zigzags. The flowers symbolize traditionally the cycle of birth, death and regeneration. And stand for the woman’s fecundity and they seem to connect to the spiritual realm. The zigzag patterns represent the serpents. which were a very important religious and social symbol for the Maya.

     

    Chichicastenango textile Guatemala

     

    According to their mythology the serpents are the vehicles by which the stars and sun cross the heaven. They also stand for renewal and rebirth. The bird with a long tail is another prominent Mayan motif, representing Guatemala’s national bird, the Quetzal. The brocade design often presents a cross and a distinctive double headed eagle motif, symbolizing the great god of two faces: one views the good and the other view the evil. Huipil from Chichicastenango usually show V shaped patterns along with the triangles representing the god Gucumatz, or the “feathered serpent”. He is said to be the creator of the universe in the Mayan context. It symbolizes the hills where the wind originates and is also linked to the ups and downs of the life of women. 

     

    MEASUREMENTS

    H: 28 cm - 11 in

    W: 41 cm - 16 in

    D: 15 cm - 5.9 in

     

    SHIPPING

    Free Shipping to the USA to orders over $100 and Free Shipping to the rest of the world in orders over $250.Learn more here. Shipping usually takes 10 to 14 days! 

     


     

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    Gorgeous Tote Bag from handcrafted Mayan textile

    I recently purchased a tote bag from Mayalla. It is absolutely gorgeous! Excellent quality, high quality leather, great design, spacious inside pocket. The handcrafted Mayan textile is just beautiful. Feels very special to have it. Makes for a very nice gift. Customer service was excellent and very professional.

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    Camera strap and Tote Bag

    Such a beautiful and special brand and I was attended super quickly and efficiently! Katharina and Diego seem to put a lot of love into every order. I bought a tote bag and camera strap on mayalla.com and I am so amazed about how well it's made! The textiles have an incredible texture and are really pieces of art. I am very happy with my purchase and will definitely shop here again!

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    M.R.
    Amazing products, as always!

    I am in love with the ethics, the quality, the colors and everything else! Mayalla's products never disappoint :-)


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    Gorgeous Tote Bag from handcrafted Mayan textile

    I recently purchased a tote bag from Mayalla. It is absolutely gorgeous! Excellent quality, high quality leather, great design, spacious inside pocket. The handcrafted Mayan textile is just beautiful. Feels very special to have it. Makes for a very nice gift. Customer service was excellent and very professional.

    A
    A.C.
    Camera strap and Tote Bag

    Such a beautiful and special brand and I was attended super quickly and efficiently! Katharina and Diego seem to put a lot of love into every order. I bought a tote bag and camera strap on mayalla.com and I am so amazed about how well it's made! The textiles have an incredible texture and are really pieces of art. I am very happy with my purchase and will definitely shop here again!

    M
    M.R.
    Amazing products, as always!

    I am in love with the ethics, the quality, the colors and everything else! Mayalla's products never disappoint :-)