This tote is just the right size to become your everyday bag; spacious enough for errands but perfectly suited for an evening out. Great for running seminars and workshops. It has two leather handles, zip closure, and a lined interior with two pockets.
The Sparrow's Song pattern features a classic Zapotec diamond and arrow design in warm earth tones on denim blue.
Designed by artisans Antonia Montaño & Tomás Santiago.
15" H x 17.5" W x 3.5" D
All MZ Made handbags are lovingly handmade in support of the slow fashion movement and conscious consumerism. Their unique, statement handbags are made from premium wool, genuine leather, and handcrafted by skilled artisans to emphasize your personal style whether it’s boho chic, modern minimalist, southwestern, or a look all your own.
The purpose of MZ ("Manos Zapotecas" meaning "from the hands of the Zapotec people") is to perpetuate the beautiful traditions of the Zapotec artisans by connecting them with socially conscious consumers around the globe.
In 2009, MZ founder Shelley Tennyson was volunteering with a microfinance non-profit in the small Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. She was offering business classes to the female loan recipients, many of whom were weavers. Shelley realized that no matter how exquisite the product, or how savvy their business skills, without buyers, these hardworking and skilled artisans were not able to support themselves or their families adequately.
Three years later, MZ was born out of a belief that commerce can, and should, change lives for the better. What began as a wild idea to sell Zapotec bags globally, in a village where most of the women had never even left the state, has grown into a fair trade fashion brand run by a team of five women in the US that supports over 50 weavers in Oaxaca.
MZ strives to make a positive impact on the lives and communities of the artisans, by nurturing lasting relationships and always abiding by fair trade principles. Their designers work closely with the weavers to incorporate traditional handwoven tribal designs with modern styles, the results of which are beautiful, expertly crafted and unique bags.
Each MZ bag holds an element of discovery. From the significance of the Zapotec designs, to the bold color combinations, and most importantly, the distinct story of the artisan who wove it.
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