This bag is a very traditional “netted” bag from Magdalenas Aldama in Chiapas, Mexico. The process is a labor-intensive one–first the fiber is stripped from the Agave americana plant (the plant is grown for the making of these bags and the fiber is known as maguey); it’s then thigh-spun into a tightly-twisted cord; and then the bag itself is made. The bag-making process alone is complex–using a frame, a combination of needle-weaving and twining, and the finishing with a leather strap.
Not many men are skilled in the fiber-stripping process as it takes a steady hand with precision to extract the fiber. Pedro Sanchez show us the process on our visit. Man and women alike can spin the fiber and handcraft the bag. Due to its seamless construction, the bag expands for carrying many items, and contracts when emptied.
- Medium: 12 wide x 11″ long, 19 1/2″ strap
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