A yoga mat strap like none other. The weavers of the Club de Artesanas in Bolivia make yoga mat straps on a backstrap loom using their traditional patterns.
The yarn is handspun from locally-raised sheep’s wool and dyed with Andean plants. Natural sheep colors and plant-dyed wool form the stripe patterning. They have designed the straps with Velcro closures to fit thin or thick mats; this one fits a 1/8″ mat. The carry strap is a perfect length to sling on your shoulder and head off to yoga practice.
The weavers of this area of Bolivia are actively working to rescue natural dye techniques and preserve their weaving heritage. They are supported in this effort by PAZA (Project Artesania Zona Andina), a volunteer effort led by Dorinda Dutcher and local leader, Dona Maxima Cortes. Their goal is to empower weavers by helping them gain financial stability through the sale of their crafts.