Thursday, November 12, 2015

Shop the Season: Handmade Weavings at Un Pueblo

Maureen from the exec office takes a closer look at the handmade goods from Un Pueblo (kiosk L8) at Bank of America Winter Village Holiday Shops

Walking through the Holiday Shops, the large tote bags at Un Pueblo caught my eye. With their arresting patterns and unusual shape, I knew these bags were something I had to learn more about.

The tote bags occupy the left wall of the kiosk. They are rectangular and stiff, and come in a variety of colors. The bags feature a flap that closes with snaps so that your items are secure. The bags are handmade from recycled plastic by a coop in Mexico, where Eric, the company's owner, lives most of the year.

Whether you like a pop of color...
...or neutrals are your style, there is a color combination and pattern for every taste.
The bags are the perfect size and shape for bringing a picnic to the Bryant Park lawn! The plastic is great because it is eco-friendly, and also because it is practical: it wipes clean with just a damp cloth, so leaky beverages or picnic containers are no problem. But don't feel like the only place to bring your bag is a picnic: Eric told me that people have bought the bags to carry groceries and small dogs! He also showed me that the handles wrap around the bottom of the bag, making it able to hold more weight inside than you might think.

On the right wall are baskets and various other containers woven from long-stem pine needles. Once again, these items are eco-friendly and support the coop in Mexico. If the tote bags are perfect for entertaining out-of-doors, the baskets and containers are perfect for inside the home for practical uses or decoration. I particularly liked the rectangular baskets, pictured below.

The pine needles (in the foreground) are the raw material for the baskets.

Un Pueblo is located on the Upper Terrace at Kiosk L8.
If you have anyone who likes eco-friendly products, supporting artisans, handmade goods, or entertaining (or all of the above!), Un Pueblo is a place you should check out.

Holiday Shops at Bank of America Winter Village
Weekdays, 11am - 8pm
Saturdays, 10am - 9pm
Sundays, 10am - 6pm

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