Rustic Fiber Tote Bag
This handwoven bag is made by artisans in the Panamanian interior using bellota fibre and tagua seeds. Viviendo works in collaboration with artisans to provide them with sustainable job opportunities, 80% of their artisans are women from rural communities.
The bellota fiber is commonly used to weave the traditional Panamanian countryman hat. The plant grows wild in the highlands of the central provinces of Panama. Before weaving, the fiber is boiled and dyed with natural or non toxic ingredients such as plants, tree roots, flowers, food coloring or mud.
The vegetable ivory palm, which provides us with the tagua seed, stimulates local economies in South America, providing an alternative to cutting down rainforests for farming.