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Handwoven textiles are a tradition in probably every culture around the world, and Corte is just one of several beautiful techniques among the Mayan peoples.   Following Spanish-influenced tradition, women's corte skirts were typically created by men on a treadle loom, which is a more expensive and less mobile type of loom than the backstrap looms used by Mayan women.  Every single textile is literally woven by hand and is completely unique, making it a truly one-of-a-kind piece of fabric artwork.

This Embroidered Corte Backpack with Leather is a lovely example of an artistically reimagined piece that utilizes upcycled corte textiles and leather to create a unique bag.  Fully lined with several smaller compartments, zippered pockets, and adjustable leather straps, there's plenty of room for textbooks or laptops, the baby's accessories or your teen's needs!   

Handcrafted along Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, surrounded by volcanoes, the Altiplano artisans are from cooperative groups, small family businesses and their own fairtrade workshop. In an effort to support traditional life, Altiplano offers women the opportunity to work at home, making them available to care for their children and household, while earning financial independence.  And that kind of care and attention is always worth supporting, which is what your purchase of this product does for these women and their families!

Embroidered Corte Backpack

    • 15" H x 14.5" W x 5" D
    • Cotton and leather
    • Zipper closure at top
    • Adjustable leather straps
    • Fully lined with internal zipped pocket and two smaller compartments for organizing essentials
  • Handmade in Guatemala by Altiplano

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