Christian Louboutin’s latest treasure tote celebrates the zest of Mexico while benefiting vulnerable artisans in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Collaborating with Taller Maya, they have worked to preserve authentic craftsmanship at a time when culture is being diluted. This ensures the long-term economic empowerment of Mayan artisans. These artisans, predominantly but not exclusively women, have either inherited traditional skills, or are learning the skills of their grandmothers for the very first time.
The results of these folk-art skills, which include mainly cross stitch embroidery and weaving, is the Mexicaba. The colourful tote features panels of eye-popping handwoven cotton, vivid Mayan embroidery, bone beads fashioned from the horns of bull cattle and wooden beads painted with mythical wild beast motifs.
Not just an object d’art, the Mexicaba has a direct and positive social impact on the gifted artisans who helped bring it to life.
‘I’ve always had a global outlook. Working with the most wonderful artisans from all over the world is completely natural for me.’ – Christian Louboutin