Cempasúchil Mexican Leather Crossbody
- About Carlota
Mexican Marygolds are native to Mexico. The Nåhuatl name for these flowers is Cempasúchil, or "twenty or many flowers", and they have played a starring role in one of the most Mexican traditions of all, The Day of the Dead. People use these flowers to trace paths for the departed souls, so when they follow their scent and bright colors, they can reach the altars and offerings that honor them. An Aztec legend tells about Xéchitl and Huitzilin, who had been in love since childhood. Every afternoon, they would climb the hills to offer flowers to Tonatiuh, the sun god. One day, a war broke out, and Huitzilin was sent off to fight and defend the Aztec lands, where he perished. Full of grief, Xöchitl begged the god Tonatiuh to release her from her pain and reunite her with her lover. The sun god heard her plea, and shed his rays on her, turning her into a bright yellow flower. A hummingbird landed on this flower, as it opened its petals releasing a heavy scent. It is said that the love of this Aztec couple will live on as long as there are marygolds and hummingbirds adorning the Mexican fields.
Crossbody with a print inspired by Cempasúchil, Day of the Dead Edition. Details in cowhide leather, orange suede leather interior, and adjustable shoulder strap.
Measurements: 9" W x 5" H x 4" D
Care: Carlota pieces are made with high-quality materials, and therefore should be treated with care, and protected against the elements. Due to the delicate nature of the materials, daily use can cause scratches and scuff marks on the surface, so we recommend you treat it with care. The leather is submitted to an important natural dye process, and the suede lining is pigmented with natural anilines, so we recommend that you be careful with any light-colored items that may come into contact with it.
If soiled, carefully clean the surface area using water and soft detergents. To keep your leather products in optimum condition, clean with a soft dry cloth, or, if necessary have them professionally cleaned.
Carlota Camacho Hall was a strong and generous woman who showed her talent as one of the most acknowledged Mexican painters of her time. She loved Mexico deeply, and captured it in her oil paintings which are now respectful and lovingly displayed in the regional museums of the Comarca Lagunera, located in the north of Mexico.
These handbags are part of a limited edition, handmade by local artisans of the state of Jalisco, and decorated with traditional Mexican folkloric motifs. Each of the designs are inspired by a specific and representative element of our culture. Through this piece of fine craftsmanship, the Crabtree family acknowledges and honors Grandmother Carlota for instilling in her descendants the love for their homeland, exalting it through art and beauty. We hope you enjoy this piece that symbolizes the wonders of Mexico!
At the moment, Carlota works with twenty artisans from Guadalajara Jalisco. They make the bags by hand from the tanning of the leather to the making, following an artisanal process. The artisans have more than twenty years of experience in the leather industry.