Native Comalapa Zipper Wallet

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Sunset Comalapa
Sailor Comalapa
  • Handwoven Guatemalan Típico Textiles Using Backstrap Loom Method
  • Elegantly Combined with Full Grain Leather
  • Unique Guatemalan Design From Comalapa Region
  • Fit All Your Essential Items and Then Some
  • Durable with Double Stitched Seams & Brooklyn-based YKK Zipper



Length: 9 Inches

Height: 4 Inches

Width: 0.25 Inches


Full Grain Leather, Raw Canvas, Durable YKK Zipper, Genuine Mayan Textiles


If needed, hand wash with a delicate soap and warm water.


This beautiful item is the stylish lady's Comalapa Zipper Wallet. Perfect for storing your cash, cards and then some. It has a intricate textile design, unique to the Guatemalan Region of Comalapa, a town rich in history. This is the perfect way to add some brightness to your daily life with this being home to your valuable possessions. 

Comalapa is a town just north west of the capital city of Guatemala, and was the scene of epic battles between the Mayan indigenous people and the colonial Spanish in the 16th century. Known as the "Florence of Guatemala", its community bears an attitude that allows weavers the freedom of expression to make each textile a unique personal work of art, and the town is also well known for its primitive, naïf paintings. Some of the most complex and beautiful textile designs come from this region, and this Comalapa Zipper Wallet is no exception.

The Wallet first made its appearance in Greek literature, but instead of storing money, it was mainly used as a place to store provisions and food, kind of like a survival pack. During the Renaissance era, wallets finally became fashionable to store money in. Although they were called wallets, they were more like pouches hanging from your belt filled with coins, since bills still hadn't made their appearance by that point. It was not until the mid 20th Century, just after the Second World War and the advent of the credit card, that the wallet became how we know it today. Still maintaining that image, we at Hide & Drink wanted to add our own little touch to this everyday accessory with our handmade decorative exterior in the style of the Guatemalan traditional Mayan textile. As one of our most popular products, this is a must have item.

Our canvas comes from the highly respected supplier Lonas Segovia, the oldest canvas maker in Guatemala. The seams are sewn using bonded nylon thread with a burned and melted finish offering no loose ends during your travel.

The heavy-duty zipper is made by Japanese-founded and Brooklyn-based YKK, a zipper and hardware manufacturer widely respected in the worlds of fashion and accessories. The bottom features a heavier, double-leather overlay with double-stitched seams offering long lasting support. Seams are sewn using bonded nylon thread with a burned and melted finish offering no loose ends during your travel.

In Guatemala, the process of creating these amazing textiles is long and arduous, but with an inspiring outcome. Once the cotton is picked, and any remaining seeds have been removed, the cotton is spindled into a ball and is submerged into a container full of a steaming hot dye. A kaleidoscopic range of dyes are extracted from all sorts of plants, herbs and spices available in the region. Once dry, the dyed cotton is woven using a Backstrap loom. This part of the process requires time and patience. Practiced by many artisans throughout Guatemala and indigenous to the highlands for many generations, it's more of an art form rather than just a craft.

This weaving technique, according to Mayan mythology, originates with the Maya Goddess of fertility and procreation, Ixchel. Representing female empowerment, Ixchel passed on the knowledge of weaving to the first women, and has since been passed on from mother to daughter over generations. Backstrap weaving is carried out using a simple means of a set of parallel sticks that hold in place the threads running vertically. Horizontal threads that run parallel to the sticks are then cross-woven one by one using a shuttle to pass through the layers, often interweaving different colors for patterns and images.

The Backstrap Loom is easy to attach to any post, pillar or tree, and a strap is placed around the weaver's back, hence the name. This mobility allows the artwork to be created anywhere at anytime. This is especially important for these hardworking women, who are not just artists, but full-time mothers housewives, cooks and students.

This age-old technique is not only a way for such women to earn their bread, but a way to reflect their artistic expression and traditions unique only to them that have been passed down over generations.


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