I admire ethnic fabrics from the tropics – I adore their bold color ways, their abstract patterns, their daring twists. They are fun, passionate and spontaneous like the spirit of those who create them. When I worked on ethnic textiles in Vietnam, most of my salary ended up going to back to my weavers because I gave in to the impulse to stock more and more samples way too often. That being said, my entire closet only has black, navy and grey. My bags always leathery brown and my shoes strictly black. As much as I adore the fun color pops of ethnic fabric, I never dare to wear them.
One day I stumbled upon Morralitos – a handbags and accessories line featuring fabrics by Guatemalan weavers. The designs let the bold colors and patterns shine in their entirety while bringing in contemporary elements such as geometric cuts and mixing of wood and leather with textiles. The resulting products not only capture the exotic spirit of Guatemala but also give it a modern appeal. They seem to be very well made, too. Now I can finally add ethnic fabric to my otherwise monochrome closet.
Product design and pictures by Morralitos. You can visit their website for more inspiration and, I mind you, try not to be so carried away like I did.