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Bolivian Clothing Culture

Bolivian Manta and Leather Backpack
Bolivian Manta and Leather Backpack
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags
Using a centuries-old technique, Bolivian families weave mantas—woolen textiles in geometric patterns—for bedding and apparel. Today, artisans frame vintage and contemporary mantas in durable hand-tooled leather to give them new life in these travel-friendly bags. The chocolate brown leather strap can be worn over one shoulder or unzipped to wear as a backpack, and the sides unsnap to expand capacity. Fully lined, with side, back, and inside zip pockets. As each manta is unique, color and pattern may vary.
$149.00
Bolivian Tapestry Suede Tote
Bolivian Tapestry Suede Tote
(Based on 20 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags
Using a centuries-old technique, Bolivian families weave mantas—beautiful woolen textiles in geometric patterns—for use as bedding and apparel. Today, artisans take pieces of vintage mantas and frame them in soft suede and durable leather to create these beautiful totes. Features zip closure and roomy interior compartment with cell phone and sunglasses pockets. As each manta is unique, please expect some variation in color and pattern. Available in Red and Brown.
Available colors: Brown, Red
$109.00
Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag
Bolivian Tooled Leather Bag
(Based on 22 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Cultural Bags

Craftspeople working in the traditions of rural Bolivian villages merge colonial-influenced designs with indigenous leatherworking skills to create this handsome bag. Working at a studio in La Paz, they hand-tool intricate designs into the thick, natural leather. One inside zip pocket and one flat pocket under the flap.


$175.00
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 14 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

In the Bolivian high plains, amid the snowcapped Andes, the pre-Inca Tiwanaku culture thrived for more than 500 years. So far only a fraction of the civilization's ruins have been excavated, yet it has yielded some of the earliest and more remarkably well-preserved textiles found in the Americas. Their art features highly abstracted figures, that originally expressed real places, animals, or cultural events but over time became icons with symbolic meaning. The high degree of abstraction in the art of Tiwanaku has inspired several art historians to compare their art to modern abstract movements, including Cubism. The intricate, interlocked geometric patterns on this alpaca fiber sweater are adapted from woven Tiwanaku tunics made around 500 A.D.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$178.00
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