Handmade Ngabe Chácara / Woven Purse


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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 Melba, 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 chacara is of a durable nylon that is often used to make fishing nets. Originally the chacara was made of 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 Melba. We hope that you will cherish the connection with Melba, knowing that your purchase is having a positive impact on her life.

H: 8.5 in W: 8.25 in
Strap: 45 inches in length end to end, 1 inch width
7.5 inches X 8 inches with a 52 inch strap

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Green, Blue