White Light Woven Bag (Mexico)

White Light Woven Bag (Mexico)


  • From the Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade by Graciela and Gerónimo in the Valles Centrales of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • 100% wool exterior and woven strap.
  • White interior with an extra pocket; zip closure. 
  • Handwoven on a fixed, pedal-operated loom.
  • 16” length x 13” height (excluding strap)

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This bag, the “squares” bag, was named by the artisan. Of the bags made by the artisan in this collection, this one was the most difficult for her to make and represents a completely new design, dreamt up entirely by her forward-thinking imagination.

This artisan loves bright colors, and lots of them, all in one bag. While this bag is definitely a statement piece, its objective beauty and obvious craftsmanship mean it transcends fashion classification. In other words, this bag belongs in any wardrobe, and could be called anything from casual to high fashion. This one is slightly smaller than the other totes, adding to its sophistication. You’ll have it forever.

The amount of work that goes into making a bag like this is astounding and, if you see it in person, an emotional experience. The weaving alone on this bag took around two weeks. If you figure in the other processes discussed below, each bag can take months to complete. I have included a few extra photos here about the process, but I also wrote an entire story (see link to story below) you can read here that explains the process and people behind this work in much greater detail.

This particular bag was made by my friend in the story. She is an exacting perfectionist in her work, and it shows. Her bags are not only the most well made of their kind I’ve seen, but also stand apart in their visionary color and design. No one in her village is making bags quite like hers.  

All the woven bags in this collection are made in the same village, where families of master rug weavers (and, now, some bag makers!) have been employing traditional methods of weaving for many generations. The sheep’s wool comes from local sheep, often raised by the families of weavers themselves, which is then hand combed and spun into large loops of yarn.