The beautiful material of these bags was originally a part of a Mayan woman’s traditional blouse known as a huipil (pronounced “wee-peel”). A Mayan woman will often weave her own huipil, and the design can reveal her personality and the village where she is from. Once she grows tired of her huipil, she may trade it or sell it for extra income.
The Woven Cosmetic Bag ($40) is perfect for makeup and other essentials. With its bright-pink lining, it’s a fun way to store some of the items you use every day.
The plastic lining of our Bikini Bags ($40) makes them really versatile. They can be used as an everyday cosmetic bag, and the lining makes it easy to wipe them down in the event of a dreaded powder spill. Or, as the name suggests, they can be used to transport a wet bathing suit after a day at the beach.
Another way I like to use the Woven Cosmetic and Bikini Bags: Toss some toiletries in them for your weekend getaway.
What I appreciate most about these bags is the craftsmanship that went into every piece. The material used for huipils are woven on back-strap looms and then hand-embroidered. Each huipil is a work of art and can take months to complete. Because each bag is hand woven, no two are alike!
At The Little Market, we work to support artisans around the world by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. The artisans we work with come from disadvantaged communities, and include women, people with disabilities, and individuals living in extreme poverty. Every purchase of these woven bags translates into steady income and opportunities for the women artisans in Guatemala. Visit The Little Market to see the complete collection.
Byrdie ed. note: We're also swooning over the Magdelena and Kassandra Woven Cosmetic Bags (both $40). What better way to house our extensive makeup collection than with these (seriously cute!) handcrafted bags?
Which bag are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments!