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$1,933 pledged of $6,000 goal
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By Maria Mercedes Colato
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About this project

Chata Bag - Silver leather
Chata Bag - Silver leather
white leather bag in various huipil designs
white leather bag in various huipil designs
Tonga bag in brown leather
Tonga bag in brown leather

 Introduction and aim

Hi my name is Maria Mercedes Colato and I am the founder of Roots Leather Company. My son, Luis Colato, is the co-founder. We both have worked incredibly hard as a team to bring these amazing products to light and to make this company a reality. We are a company that is inspired and committed to preserve cultural traditions by creating handbags, purses, and boots using the artisan handcrafted traditions of Guatemala with fresh and trendy designs. By doing this, we are creating a sustainable solution to improve the quality of life for Guatemalan artisans and weavers by creating custom textiles and re-purposing Mayan Huipiles into beautiful handbags, footwear and apparel.

We aim to set a precedent in social, ethical and environmental fashion by continuing to meet the needs of our customers through working with artisan groups that match our high standards. Roots Leather Company directly contributes to the livelihood and sustainability of the indigenous communities that these cherished items travel from.

Context

Both my son and I were born in Guatemala, and all our lives we have been intrigued by the unique heritage and culture that our country has to offer. So I decided to create Roots Leather co: a company that brings  beautiful and ethical handcrafted accessories to the world.

We Believe that you should never forget where you come from. For us our  country and  people are an essential part of who we are. Roots Leather Company is a way for us to share the passion and love  for our country through it's wonderful colors, beautiful people and beautiful art.

Chinese proverb:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Giving the tools and the opportunities to the new generation of artisans is opening a new world to them. So they may  be successful and engage in sustained economic development in a country that is in great need 

Our Products

  • Handmade: Our products are handmade by Guatemalan artisans, using techniques that have been used for centuries. The hand-loomed fabrics and waist-loomed technique is an extremely time consuming process and requires immense focus on  detail, but in turn produces a beautiful and very high quality product
Guatemala's Artisans making the huipils
Guatemala's Artisans making the huipils
Guatemalan artisan hand weaving the huipil
Guatemalan artisan hand weaving the huipil
  • Organic Premium materials: The cotton used for the fabrics is 100% organic and comes from the natives own cotton fields. They use natural dyes from roots, leaves, flowers and different types of rocks. This process is safe and protects fabrics from fading.
Weaving with the Mayan traditional treadle loom for cotton fabrics.
Weaving with the Mayan traditional treadle loom for cotton fabrics.
  • 100% Genuine leather: The leather used for our products is 100% real leather from Guatemala and Brazil.
  • The Design: Our products are made using and enhancing the Guatemalan heritage while also following fashion global trends.
Example of hand woven textile pattern
Example of hand woven textile pattern

The Social Impact

"A Dream with a purpose"- Maria M.

With the purchase of our products, not only do you receive an incredible piece of craftsmanship, but you also help the craftsmen themselves by creating job opportunities in a country that is in great need of them. They get to do what they love and make a living doing it, and that is something that we are very happy to be able to provide for these amazing people.

Help us to support this project, here are a few items available for backers.

Rewards:

"Agua" Water bottle carrier
"Agua" Water bottle carrier
"Quetzal" Male Wallet
"Quetzal" Male Wallet
"Quetzal" Female Wallet
"Quetzal" Female Wallet
"Chucho" Dog Collar and leash
"Chucho" Dog Collar and leash
Add color to your daily walk with your best friend.
Add color to your daily walk with your best friend.
"Sonrisa" Camera Strap
"Sonrisa" Camera Strap
"Suenos" Pillow cover
"Suenos" Pillow cover
"Merced bag" Clutch
"Merced bag" Clutch
"Tonga" Cross body fringe bag
"Tonga" Cross body fringe bag

 Different colors available:

Brown Tonga bag in different styles of huipil
Brown Tonga bag in different styles of huipil
"Tonga bag" cross body bag in black leather
"Tonga bag" cross body bag in black leather
"Mochilla Bag" Backpack
"Mochilla Bag" Backpack
"Mochilla Bag" Girl's Backpack
"Mochilla Bag" Girl's Backpack
"Chapina Bag"
"Chapina Bag"
Green Chapina Leather bag.
Green Chapina Leather bag.
"Chapina Bag" in white leather and colorful hand woven huipil.
"Chapina Bag" in white leather and colorful hand woven huipil.
Chapina bag, various colors available
Chapina bag, various colors available
"Jade Bag" Carry all bag
"Jade Bag" Carry all bag
"Tierra Bag"
"Tierra Bag"
"Cacao Bag"
"Cacao Bag"
Beautiful "Cacao Bag" in white leather and trendy blue hand woven huipil
Beautiful "Cacao Bag" in white leather and trendy blue hand woven huipil
"Cacao Bag" in various leather colors and hand woven textile patterns.
"Cacao Bag" in various leather colors and hand woven textile patterns.
"Cacao Bag Set"
"Cacao Bag Set"
"Mi Luna Bag"
"Mi Luna Bag"
"Mi Luna bag" in white leather
"Mi Luna bag" in white leather
"Chata Bag" in brown and silver leather
"Chata Bag" in brown and silver leather
"Chata Bag" in Silver leather and colorful hand woven flower pattern. Other colors ie: black, white and green available as well.
"Chata Bag" in Silver leather and colorful hand woven flower pattern. Other colors ie: black, white and green available as well.
"chata bag" in brown leather and beautiful flowers hand woven huipil
"chata bag" in brown leather and beautiful flowers hand woven huipil

Why are we crowdfunding?

We have the passion. We have the ideas. We have the means of creating these products. Now all we need now is YOUR help to help take this company to the next level. The main focus of this campaign is to structure and finance our production and be able to have the capital to keep up with the demand so that we always have enough bags for everyone to love and enjoy.

Kickstarter funding will aid in the following:

  • Inventory: Start-up capital to make more products available and to make new designs for people to enjoy, as well as lowering manufacturing costs.
  • Manufacturing Tools: Assist in the purchasing of new equipment and supplies needed by our artisans
  • Manufacturing Speed: Help people by creating more jobs and hiring more passionate people to do what they love, while also increasing manufacturing speed.
Thank you very much for your support! And I hope you enjoy our beautiful hand made products!
Thank you very much for your support! And I hope you enjoy our beautiful hand made products!

Risks and challenges

We plan on a smooth fulfillment, but remember, the fabric called "huipil", used for making the bags is entirely hand weaved, and a piece of art, therefore, every hand bag is unique, so small variations in the pattern can happen, but the overall look, and color combination will maintain.

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    Early bird Combo set: (1) " Cacao Bag set"
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Funding period

- (30 days)