Product Review: Suti Sana’s Maya Bag

August 06, 2012

Product Review: Suti Sana's Maya Bag

I’m a bag lady. I come by it honestly: my mom is a bag lady,my grandmother was a bag lady, my great grandmother was a bag lady, and on and on the cycle continues. So when I learned that Rethreaded was going to be selling bags, I naturally became excited. Then, when I learned the incredible story behind those bags, I became ecstatic.

The story of one bag in particular tugged at my heartstrings.

Michelle Chance-Sangthong of wove together the tale of Suti Sana’s Maya bag for me at the Rethreaded Launch Party. (If you missed it, you absolutely must check out the pictures.)

This bag is made out of aguayo from Bolivia. In Bolivia, aguayo can only be used for things that give life – carrying fruits and vegetables or carrying their babies on their backs, for instance. The Suti Sana staff chose this fabric because they are an organization that gives new life to the women who have been rescuedfrom the sex trade. Doesn’t that just give you chills?

As for the functionality, the bag is made extremely well.The size is big enough to hold a notebook or two (14”x14.5”), so it’s a good option for students. Aguayo is sturdy and durable, meaning this product can take some wear and tear without notice. And have I mentioned the colors? The warm tones are perfect for the cold weather of fall and winter, both of whichare just around the corner.

One of my favorite things about this bag is the compliments I receive for using it. The unique style has garnered admiration every time I’ve used it. This gives me the opportunity to explain the bag’s story and spread the message about ending the sex trade. Can your bag do that?

Hanna Palmer is a lifelong Jacksonville resident with a passion for ending the sex trade. As the girl behind Rethreaded's social media, she encourages you to connect with them on Twitter and Facebook! Learn more about Hanna at her blog, Adventures of a Florida Girl.

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