The Backstrap Loom

Places are made by their people. When we travel to Chiapas we have the opportunity to visit incredible places, with amazing nature, full of life and color, but one of the things that always leaves us with the best memories are the people we meet along the way.

Artists who create beautiful pieces using ancestral techniques, giving each one a unique and personal touch.

Our ‘Heritage’ handbag collection is designed in collaboration with the craftswomen of Chiapas and is a tribute to all these artisanal techniques, which despite today’s technological advances, are still used and preserved thanks to them.

The backstrap loom is a handmade weaving technique. It uses a wooden support that is placed around the waist of the weaver who interweaves colorful threads, letting the imagination fly, resulting in beautiful textile pieces.


Valentina bags are woven in backstrap loom and are an example of traditional Mexican craftsmanship, representing an important part of the culture and identity of the communities where they are produced.

Each backstrap loom woven bag is unique, as it is handmade and no two are alike. Each one tells a story, a culture and a tradition, and this is something that cannot be replicated with machinery. The process is totally sustainable, since, being woven on the backstrap loom, only the material needed to create the bag is used.

In addition, their colors are obtained from the mixture of natural elements, which makes the bags even more sustainable.

Therefore, a Valentina handmade bag is not only an accessory, but also a contribution to preserve a technique that is transmitted from generation to generation, supporting the women who practice it and an opportunity to contribute to their economic and social empowerment. At the same time, we help to take care of the planet by leaving fast fashion aside.

Photos @Elixospa

Join the cause to preserve the culture and support women artisans, we guarantee you will look spectacular with your new handwoven bag!

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