These Oaxacan bags are very labor intensive and many people work in different stages to get to a finished product. Doña Nicolasa Lopez and Don Jose Hernandez of Santa Catarina Adequez, Oax are the principal weavers of the bags and have been doing so since they were young children. This is their primary source of income to support themselves and their 4 children. Alfredo Salmoran Jose, Lucia Rojas Mendoza, and Manuel Santos Vasquez are also involved in weaving bags but also focus on cutting, stitching, and bonding the inner lining, the bag handles, and the tassels/pompoms. They are all brought together by Alma Cruz of Ox Arte, a designer, and social worker who is always seeking ways to bring economic opportunities to the impoverished communities where she herself was born. This project is directly supporting their community project to raise money to build a school.
View how artisan Doña Nicolasa Lopez weaves an entire Oaxacan Tote bag to perfection.
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