IRACA PALM ARTISANS

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We built our brand on the foundation of emphasizing handcrafted fashions, bridging modern design, and the traditional craft.  Our products are more than meets the eye.  When you carefully review each piece there is a unique story behind each one.  The call of our creations is knowing that they contain the many knowledge of indigenous artisan that created each piece and this is the approach behind  SASIPIM’s design creations.  Every piece is labor-intensive and is a time-consuming process and we are hoping that this will have a special place in your heart.  It’s important to learn the origin of the products, how it was made, and the social impacts that your purchase has provided.  We wanted to create not only social awareness but also create long-lasting, heirloom designs for our customers to love.  

 

 
         

How each bag came about takes a much deeper root and requires a more lengthy process than you may ever imagine.  Iraca fibers, toquilla straws, Panama hat palm, Carludovica Palmata, are all varietal of names of the natural sustainable material that was woven into our beautiful bags.  La Palma Collection originated from the master weavers Juanita Castillo, and her apprentice Merledys Iglesias of “Associación de Tejedoras Juanita,” reside in Sandoná, Nariño — Colombia.  The town of origin has also become synonymous with Iraca palm.  This female artisan cooperative supports 220 single mothers, providing them sustainable resources and sometimes their only income.  Just remember this important fact, that the next time you purchase our goods,  you’re contributing to the livelihood of our partner artisans and the continuation of their culture. Juanita wants to preserve her traditions and she will mentor anyone who wants to learn the craft.

 

 

Our Le Balle Collection was made in a different area of Colombia as each region specializes in certain kinds of crafts.  Usiacurí — Atlantico, is a  small town that is known for this hard structure Iraca goods.  The master artisan Edilsa Baldomino and her apprentice Diana Hernandez construct the bag structure from wire and hand lace the palm to create the desired pattern before assembling the panels together to form the bag.  The options are as endless as you can imagine and the skill and knowledge to create them has been passed down for generations to the women in the family and is now taught in school.

 

                     

 

This Central American native Iraca palm used on our bags took 3 years to reach maturity.  The buds are harvested, set to dry, separated in bundles, and are hauled to the market.  Once the best bundles were selected by the artisan, the hand dyeing process can begin.  The palms are “cooked” in the hot boiling bath of dye, and set to air dry overnight on the hanging rack.  The prepped palms are now ready to be weave and the female artisans gather in shared spaces to work their magic.  It takes approximately 4-5 days process to create a bag. There is a unique social scene as the women are laughing, chatting, sharing knowledge, while their hands are set into weaving mode.

 

     

 

Our vision is that SASIPIM products embrace the concept of a “Feel Good” purchase and support our mission and values as well as our dream of social and environmental responsibility 

  • All our products are environmentally sustainable and financially support the artisans. 
  • They are exclusively hand made with no machinery involved (no thanks carbon footprint)
  • Eco-friendly, the fiber is biodegradable.  
  • Our products are all ethically sourced and honor indigenous craftsmanship and deliver fair wages to the artisans and comfortable working conditions.

       

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