A hand-woven tote bag from the village of Larraínzar, Mexico.

Good evening.


Mexican handicrafts were the impetus for opening a handicraft shop overseas .

The hand-woven tote bag I came across while staying in San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas .

This is one of the handcrafts that I really wanted.

At first, I selected completed items.

After returning to Japan, I created original designs and am still having new colors woven.

This bag travels several hours from the city and crosses the mountains to arrive.

It is made in a small village called Lalainsar.

In the mountainous village of Rarainsar, which is not often visited by tourists,

It is inhabited by the Mayan indigenous people.

Textile industry is thriving, producing clothes and miscellaneous goods, and regularly going to town to sell them.

There are many people who make a living here.

The loom, which is fixed to a pillar, is tied around the waist.

This hammock bag is woven using a method called koshibata, which is woven by hand.

It does not require a large loom and can be done right under the eaves of your house.

As a work that can be done while doing housework or babysitting,

It is one of the representative handicrafts of the Maya people living in Mexico and Guatemala.

Spinning, weaving, and sewing cotton thread. All processes are done by hand.

The weavers are a small family business.

It's difficult to make a lot quickly, but

Respecting the traditional production technique of weaving,

I don't want to break that pace.

Since it is not a machine, there is no certainty as to how many sheets can be produced in how many days.

The weather may continue to be bad, or you may become unwell and unable to work.

However, it is a handiwork and I take it for granted.

Industrialization may lead to more stable production and a better quality of life and living environment.

However, sometimes the creator doesn't want that.

Convenience and improving the standard of living are not necessarily priorities.

I felt that way when I watched them create things.

What we usually think is good and common sense

It's not the same for the people who live here.

It wasn't easy to take the photos you see here.

I believe that there is meaning in conveying the production scenery,

These women value preserving their current lifestyle.

Creating things with indigenous women who live inheriting the teachings and traditions of indigenous peoples

There are times when I stop and think about the common sense and thinking in Japan.

The texture is unique to hand-spun, hand-woven, and hand-stitched products.

The hammock bag from Lalainsar village is attractive because it feels familiar when you hold it in your hand.

Slow fashion is the opposite of mass consumption and mass production.

Preserving traditional techniques and lifestyles

``Manufacturing unique to this land''

I would like to continue introducing this bag from now on.

hammock bag collection