A lovely blend of light cocoa and blue fique "yarn" crocheted into a scalloped pattern. Fique is a plant native to Colombia, part of the pineapple family. Workers cut the tallest leaves, which easily regrow, and shred them into yarn-like fibers, similar in texture to hemp.
Income earned from making these bags helps to develop impoverished Colombian villages near Medellin, Colombia into self-sufficient economically stable communities.
9" x 8", zipper closure, fully lined.
A local priest told Beatriz Elena about a Colombian village of about 150 families that needed help because the local coffee crop was no longer able to support the entire village. Beatriz decided to teach the villagers how to make handbags from hemp fibers or rope (fique).
Beatriz taught 45 women how to knit and 16 of them are now making a living and supporting their families through this work by selling the goods at local arts and crafts shows.