Rustic Fiber Tote Bag


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. 


About Viviendo

At Viviendo we focus on the importanceof fair jobs and sustainable development. A truly fair trade initiative, our products are proof that crafting traditions and caring for the environment can find common ground, resulting in beautiful and meaningful products.

Viviendo is a Panamanian company focused on Social Sustainability. We do not donate a percentage of our sales, instead we share knowledge and empower individuals through meaningful employment, both legacies that will endure. Over 80% of our artisans are women from rural areas of the country.

The Process

Our project revitalizes artisan handicrafts through innovation, creativity and quality. We are environmentally sustainable, using only natural and recycled materials. 

Zaira is responsible for designing the products, but works together with women from central provinces of the country for the production of every piece. She travels deep in the countryside, and trains women to help her make the beautiful pieces that are part of our line of products.