December 15, 2022
When we talk about sustainability, we are not only referring to actions such as recycling or reducing the use of plastic, we are actually alluding to a more conscious lifestyle that is considerate of the planet. Sustainability can be found in different industries, from automotive to fashion. Today we want to focus on the latter since one of the trends for this new year is the use of natural fibers in clothing, accessories, and shoes.
It is a term that describes the products, processes, and everyone involved in the fashion industry that seeks to promote ecological materials, justice for workers, and integrity for animals. That’s right, sustainable fashion goes beyond just wearing a shirt made from recycled materials. It is a movement that aims to change the way large corporations sell their products and also the way people shop.
Although this term has been around for several years now, it wasn’t until a few years ago that it became somewhat more latent. We have seen it in the trend of buying second-hand clothing and accessories, in order to reuse and not buy new to avoid contamination. And now, one of the sustainable fashion trends for 2023 is natural fibers in different accessories, such as handbags.
There are all kinds of organic materials, like soy, cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool, silk, etc. Here at Azul Mejicano we pride ourselves on using a material endemic to the state of Oaxaca: palm leaves.
Our bags are made 100% handmade, and we believe that this gives something special to each piece, since none is the same as the other; they are all unique. We also support the local economy because part of the profits is donated to the talented artisans and their families. It should be mentioned that in Oaxaca, the art of palm weaving is a skill passed down from generation to generation.
The process is sustainable from start to end. The first step is to collect the wild palm leaves and allow them to dry naturally so that they obtain their characteristic beige color. In order to manipulate them, they need to be soft, otherwise, they would break. So the next step is to boil them. Finally, they are braided and painted with natural pigments.
So if you are looking to be part of the sustainable materials trend this 2023, buy a 100% handmade organic purse. Find different models on our webpage and choose the one you like best. Support the community and change the way you consume this new year.
December 15, 2022