It was love at first site when I saw the Aguacatán textile!
After a little reseach and talking to the local indigenouse women, I found out it comes from Aguacatán, Huehuetengango, Guatemala. Because of its isolated area, the residents of Aguacatán only speak the Mayan dialec, Aquacatec. And the coolest thing about it is that the name comes the avocado (aquacate), locally grown there.
It is worn for ceremonial occasions, wrapped around and around long hair. It is hand sewn and richly decorated with delicate brocaded designs and bright colors. Its one of the most beautiful textiles I have ever seen.
When I decided to use this textile, I wanted to incorporate it so that it would the focus of the bag, right in the center. A beautiful multicolor pompom at the end brings it to life!
Each design has a story, an inspiration and purpose.