Pájaro Carpintero Mexican Leather Crossbody


The Imperial Woodpecker, a species endemic to Mexico, is the largest bird in its kind in the world. Measuring between 22 and 23.5 in, wings ranging from 11 to 12 in, and an estimated weight of 24 oz, this bird also has a large and pointy crest. The most distinctive feature in males is the bright red coloring of the lower crest and neck. Believed to be extinct, the last recorded sighting was in Durango, Mexico, in 1957, however its distribution is currently unknown.

The legend tells that a long time ago, the Mayan people had lost their most prized source of food: Corn. Atziri - the Mayan word for this grain - was a local girl of 13, who had befriended a woodpecker. Every afternoon, this bird would accompany the girl while she walked to the temple where she prayed to the god K’u for the corn to return. One afternoon, the bird didn’t come to her, and she was so sad that she would not leave her home. After several days, the bird showed up on her windowsill, and it now had a bright red tuft on its head. Her friend, the woodpecker, had been away searching for corn, and it now led her up a hill, to the entrance of a cave. There, it pecked on a rock, and the god K’u appeared. The god told Atziri that the bird had in fact found corn, and when he had tried to help it in this search, he had cast a lightning bolt that hit the bird on the spot where it now had a luminous red crown. The bright red coloring would forever be the symbol of this heroic feat. This is the story of how this woodpecker got its red crest, and with the help of the god K’u, brought back corn and happiness to the Mayan people.

Crossbody bag with a print inspired by the woodpecker. Interior in navy blue suede, handle and details in cowhide leather. A design that will fill your days with life and color.

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.

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