Bags by Manos Zapotecas

Your Next Purchase: A Leather Duffel Featuring Handwoven Zapotec Panels


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In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, there is a rich history of weaving and textiles produced by the indigenous Zapotec peoples. The brand Manos Zaptecas was founded in 2012 to share these incredible textiles with people across the world in the form of bags, totes and home decor. Manos Zapotecas works with over 50 artisans to produce hand-dyed and handwoven goods, and the brand — a member of the Fair Trade Federation — works closely to make a positive impact in Zapotec communities. The brand’s duffel bags ($369) feature the traditional handwoven designs as side panels, and include a leather base and ends, protective metal feet and two leather handles. At 22 inches long, these bags will store everything you need for a weekend escape, and will easily fit in overhead compartments on planes. So if you’re in the market for a new weekender — and want to venture away from basic canvas and leather offerings — the handmade bags from Manos Zapotecas should be at the top of your list.

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