Iraca Palm Backpack by On Retreat

Iraca Palm Backpack

by On Retreat

$120.00

When function meets pure FUNK. The coolest of our iraca finds is this grab and go backpack, super light, fits a TON and supports good posture. Tassel tie closure. Hand braided straps.

15 in. high / 10 in. round / 27 in. straps

The Carludovica Palmata - also known as iraca or toquilla - is the plant fiber used to hand weave and sculpt these gorgeous finds from Colombia. Trimmed raw leaves are sun-dried to ripen their earthy neutral tones and partially dyed with natural vibrant colors for a little something extra. 

Though the Colombian government and the largest rebel group (FARC) reached a peace deal in 2016 to end the country's bloody, five-decade civil war, the complex agreement is still being tested and tried. Much of the country's rural population is still without access to primary and grade-school education, drinking water, and the development programs they were promised to help rebuilt their communities. In addition, the government's promise to implement a crop-substitution program that would reduce the amount of farmland dedicated to Coca has fallen behind.

Support traditional crafts like the weaving seen here and proudly wear a work of art made by hand. We encourage you to learn more about the current state of the Peace Deal and a great place to start is with this New York Times series Promises Made ~ también disponible en español.

 

On Retreat is a vibrant source of unique belongings found in the far corners of the world, curated by an eclectic group of expert travelers. This first collection from Colombia comes via yoga teacher and reiki practitioner Kate Posch. Drawn to lots of bright colors and unique textures, her super relaxed, bohemian finds are perfect for layering into your every day.