Medium Fold-Over Black Backpack
This fun backpack is great for holding books, a computer, or many other things. Woven in a traditional Mayan pattern called jaspe, this backpack has a zippered top that folds over to attach to the bottom of the bag. Backpack is padded and measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
This fair trade Guatemalan backpack is handmade by the artisan group Ruth and Noami. Ruth and Noami was founded in 1986 after the bombings in the community of Chontala, near Chichicastenango by a Methodist pastor and tailor. By using the weavings from the war widows and teaching their sons to sew, the whole family benefited. The boys received scholarships to attend school, and the widows received improvements to their homes and were able to send their children to school with their increased income. This group supports several artisan groups and community projects with the profits from the sale of their products.