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Black and White Woven Tote, 'Book Fair'

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Black and White Woven Tote, 'Book Fair'

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With a commitment to conserving the environment, the Ciudad Bolivar Artisans in Colombia create wonderful accessories like this versatile tote bag. The sturdy black and white tote is woven from recycled zuncho (PET polyethylene strips) in elaborate patterns. Lightweight and waterproof, the tote is an excellent shopping companion or beach bag.

Made in Colombia

  • Recycled PET
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Promotes recycling and reduces waste
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • 0.33 kgs
  • 0.7 lbs
  • Bag: 30 cm H x 30 cm W x 12 cm D
  • Bag: 11.75" H x 11.75" W x 4.7" D
  • Handle(s): 40 cm L x 1.2 cm W
  • Handle(s): 15.75" L x 0.5" W
  • Drop length: 14 cm from strap to bag
  • Drop length: 5.5" from strap to bag
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Artfully crafted by Ciudad Bolivar Artisans from Andes.

 

Meet the Artist

Ciudad Bolivar Artisans

"It is truly an economically regenerative—not to mention environmentally regenerative—craft that can be taught to many apprentices who would otherwise be out of work."

Ciudad Bolívar, a district of Colombia's capital, Bógota, concentrates one of the poorest populations in the country. To... help improve the economic vitality of this community, a small workshop named Ciudad Bolívar Artisans trains and employs artisans to handweave zuncho crafts—bags and other accessories made from recycled plastic strands.

"Zuncho handweaving is a relatively new urban art in Colombia," workshop founder Oscar Gomez says. "Unlike most other Colombian crafts, products are not woven with natural fibers. They are made from recycled zuncho strands, i.e., decomposed and color-dyed plastic bottles and caps. The weaving technique, however, is like the one used to create baskets made from fique or wicker.

"The square shape of the handbags is inspired by the large shopping bags seen in Colombian street markets, and used to carry all kinds of produce. The geometric patterns interwoven throughout the bags include rhombuses, squares, and diagonal lines, among others. These patterns are usually not rooted in a particular Indigenous culture or symbology, but rather in the creative capacity of the artisan. As a material, zuncho strands are quite versatile and allow for innovation in our embroideries and color combinations.

"Ciudad Bolívar Artisans was founded thirty years ago. With honest effort, it has grown from a family-run enterprise to a community-wide initiative. Ciudad Bolívar currently employs six craftspeople from the community in a workshop; another sixteen artisans have joined us by working from their homes. This decentralized structure has allowed us to reach, teach, and employ artisans from vulnerable backgrounds, including Venezuelan refugees and women with children.

"Beyond supporting marginalized artisans, the business feeds a supply chain that involves many other workers in need. For example, the plastic collectors we hire are often unemployed and homeless. They are responsible for salvaging every bottle and cap we sell to the recycling warehouse. Zuncho handweaving has benefited Ciudad Bólivar at large. It is truly an economically regenerative—not to mention environmentally regenerative—craft that can be taught to many apprentices who would otherwise be out of work."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
FINDING YOUR SIZE

Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.

BUST / CHEST

Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.

WAIST

Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.

LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.

SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

Download our printable ring sizing chart to find the perfect fit!

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