2011 FINALIST

Adriana Castro - Adriana Castro

Finalist of the The Professional Sebastian Most Socially Responsible Handbag



Colombia



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Adriana Castro FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
Colombia, my home country.

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
My bag is socially responsible because for the elaboration we employ indigenous labor (descendants of the Zenu indians) that for centuries have mastered the secret of weaving ???úca??±a flecha.???ù In addition, by using crocodile skin in this design, we are contributing to the repopulation program of the caiman species, under the supervision of the Colombian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). All products are part of a sustainable use program that benefit people and wildlife and contribute to breed another animal into the wildlife

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
Yes, I have worked with Artisans, especially women and children, that are descendants of the Zenu Indians, natives to the region of Colombia.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
I chose Colombia because it is a developing country. Government budget is not enough to sustain these ethnic minorities. By promoting their craftsmanship and incorporating it in my designs we are returning to the earth and its inhabitants. Also we are sharing their appreciation for their traditions and commitment.

How have your bags impacted this community?
My bags have had a great impact in this community. Working with Colombian artisans is a way to keep an ancient tradition alive. These communities have survived and so their cultural expressions because of us designers that incorporate them in our production. By restoring work and employment in these indigenous communities, we ensure that they can live of what they learned from their elders and we guarantee that through generations they will maintain their traditional ancestral heritage.

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