Pakal32 Albán Totes
We absolutely love these unique and beautiful handbags, which are hand woven in Oaxaca! The designs were created by Pakal32 - an online store which works directly with artisans and designers in Mexico to produce authentic products in home decor, fashion, and art. Pakal32 shared what it takes to produce these one-of-a-kind bags.
First, the weavers draw out designs. Then they take this design to a loom, which uses a pedal that can be adjusted to fit exact measurements for each creation. In the video above, you can watch one of these weavers work specifically on Pakal32's Houndstooth tote.
The weavers use numeric formulas, which they've memorized before beginning a new project.
After weaving each piece, they are then sent to designer Jessica Torres who uses calfskin leather to complete the handbags. This process is also completed entirely by hand.
Both artisans and designers collaborate to make the Albán handbags a possibility. The leather creates durability, the handwoven textile preserves Mexican traditions, and the combination ensures a handmade, authentic quality that is rare to find today.
You can find these bags exclusively on Pakal32's website. To receive $20 off + free shipping in the U.S. make sure to use our exclusive promo code: Alban32. Also, stay tuned to our 25 Days of Christmas giveaway on Instagram where you could enter a chance to win your very own!