The Emerald Fique Tote
Totes amaze! Introducing the handmade Emerald Fique Tote, made out of 100% fique (a natural fiber that grows in the Andean regions of Colombia) that is durable and eco-friendly.
Featuring 100% fique, tonal green and natural colored stripes all over, 100% handmade, braided top handles, and small internal pocket. One size. Made in Colombia. Ships worldwide.
For every tote you purchase, a portion of the proceeds fund Fundación Escuela Taller, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve Colombia's national heritage by teaching local communities traditional crafts, art forms and artisan methods.
Clean with a damp cloth.
$14.50 flat rate shipping for worldwide orders on all Lolo and Chatona totes. Please allow up to 5 business days for order and processing. 7-14 business days for shipping and delivery for worldwide orders. Customer is responsible for any customs and duty fees upon delivery, if applicable.
Returns are allowed within 14 days of purchase date. If 14 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately no refund or exchange can be offered. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, and free from dirt, dust or any fragrances, and in the exact condition that you received it. To request a return, please contact Lolo & Chatona at firstname.lastname@example.org with "RETURNS" in the subject line, your order number (which can be found in your original order confirmation email) in order to expedite the process. Please state the reason for your return in the message and Lolo & Chatona will send an email confirmation with full instructions of how to return your item. Return shipping costs are non-refundable. Once your return is received and inspected, Lolo & Chatona will notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, this process takes between 2-7 business days.
Refunds are allowed for items purchased within 14 days of purchase date.
FIQUE TOTE BAGS - THE STORY
Preserving National Heritage
Earlier this year, we took an epic road trip from Colombia's capital, Bogotà, to the very famous town of Barichara in the region of Santander.
We fell in love with the town, but what's really special about this place is that it is home to the Fundación Escuela Taller - a non-profit organization established in 2007 that aims to preserve Colombia's national heritage through teaching local communities traditional crafts, art forms and artisan methods. These include pottery, weaving, paper-making, and even traditional gastronomy.
Where Our Tote Bags Are Made
The Foundation school is in the town center - a stunning, open plan house made up of various annexes that are equipped with workshops, tools and materials, including mills, traditional paper presses, and more. Within the house, there is also a beautiful store front that doubles up as an exhibition space, where the Foundation helps the students sell their finished artisanal products.
It's an inspirational environment to be in - the team at the Foundation is so passionate about artisanry and the love for their students is undeniable. They're encouraging and everything they do is geared towards empowering the local people. Their holistic approach to education, community, art and tradition has thus far proven to be very successful, as they continue to provide a platform for individuals to succeed at making a living for themselves and their families through learned crafts.
The Fique Collection Tote Bags
Our Fique Collection Tote Bags are each made by students in the Foundation who are mastering the art of weaving fique (a natural fiber that is grown in the Andean region of Colombia). Our tote bags are all made using traditional methods and all finishing touches are made by hand. We only have ONE of each bag - truly one-of-a-kind products straight from Colombia.
We will be working with the Foundation more closely over the coming year and with your purchase of each tote bag, we will be able to continue supporting the students and the wonderful work the Foundation is doing for them.
Owner of Lolo and Chatona
16 May 2016