Oil Cloth Zipper Bag

Oil Cloth Zipper Bag

Regular price $ 14

The perfect pouch that's pretty and nearly indestructible! Colorful, durable and waterproof, our oilcloth bags are designed and made in Mexico, in the border town of Palomas by women who sew to support themselves and their families. Great for your cosmetics, art supplies, school supplies, or anything else you need to tote along for your day.

  • Oilcloth
  • Zippered closure
  • Approximately 10" W x 6" H (25.4 x 15.2 cm)
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from Mexico

Made by: Palomas Oilcloth Designs

Palomas Oilcloth Designs consists of seven women from Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. With help from Border Partners, a nonprofit organization working in their community to develop economic opportunities, the women started their own coop business in early 2009. They learned the necessary skills like accounting, marketing and purchasing of supplies.

Palomas artisans make bags, aprons and tablecloths out of oilcloth printed with traditional Mexican designs of bright colored flowers and fruits. The designs are sunny and appealing. There are cherries, apples, watermelons, pineapples, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers with a retro look, as the same designs have been used on tablecloths in Mexico for decades.

Palomas artisans are able to work ten hours a week and make enough to provide for their families. Some of the artisans also have a second job, take care of family or work promoting Border Partners. They mostly supplement their families’ income in a town where there is a lot of hunger and unemployment.