09/09/2015 § Leave a comment
the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.synonyms: spirit, character, atmosphere, climate, mood, feeling, essence.
Buy Once, Buy Well. This ethos is the backbone of everything we make and everything we are drawn to at Pennyroyal. We celebrate craftsmanship. We love hand made. For me, personally, I would rather spend my money on one really lovely, well made, classic item than on a bunch of cheap goods I am only going to use or love for a minute or two. Slow Fashion, my friends.
So, in that spirit, a series of blog posts on my favorite hand made, well made, Buy Once, Buy Well goods.
The Chiapas Net Bag
I found these lovely hand woven bags in Tulum on our last trip there. They are traditional carrying bags from the highland Maya of Chiapas.
The fiber for these bags is from the Maguey plant – a member of the agave family. The process is long and labor intensive and done entirely by hand. The fibers are stripped from the plant using a machete and then rolled between the thigh and the palm of the hand and little by little, more is added to the length forming a tightly twisted cord. The finished cord is netted into a super strong, expandable bag. Each bag takes 3 months to make. 3 months! They should cost a million dollars. The ones I have are made using a smoked fiber, which gives it its lovely brown color and a slight smoky sent.
I use mine in combination with my Market Tote for the perfect non-disposable shopping bag combination.
Until next time,