Handmade Ngäbe Chácara / Shoulder Bag / Woven Purse, Brown/Tan


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Chácara or ‘kra’ is the word used by the indigenous Ngäbe people of Costa Rica and Panama to describe the bags that are a functional part of their everyday life. Chácaras are made in different sizes, and are used by the Ngäbe people for carrying grains and seeds during the harvest season, transporting clothing to the river for washing, and in some cases, as a swing or hammock for infants.

This chácara is handmade by Jelina, a precious Ngäbe woman, which means that her unique story is woven in among the fibers of the bag you may soon hold in your hands.  The material used to make this chácara is a soft nylon thread. Originally, the chácara was made from various plant fibers.

From slight flaws in the stitching, to the residual smell of smoke from the indoor wood burning stoves the Ngäbe use for cooking, every imperfection serves as a connection to the individual who is investing her time and talent in hopes of creating a sustainable form of income for her family.

Your purchase of this chácara makes that hope a reality for Jelina. We hope that you will cherish the connection with Jelina, knowing that your purchase is having a positive impact on her life.

Brown and Tan
Flap Closure with coconut button
Approximately 10.5 inches x 11 inches
Strap: 27 inch drop length (strap can be easily knotted to make it the perfect length for you)


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