Hand-made in Mexico from recycled materials like candy wrappers and magazines, the Nahui Ollin collection offers a modern approach to the classic handbag, fusing form, function and ecological awareness into fashionable, wearable art.
Mrs. Mugs proudly sells candy wrapper bags made by Nahui Ollin, a company that provides Mayan Indigenous peoples in Mexico not only a chance to work in return for Fair Trade wages, but an opportunity to preserve their traditional mayan weaving techniques with a chic modern way.
Nahui Ollin handbags combine recycled Mexican candy wrappers, which otherwise would have been sent to the incinerator or landfill, and a traditional Mayan weaving technique to create not only unique but fashionable bags! They are made with great care and are extremely labor intensive.
One bag can use as many as 4,000 candy wrappers and takes an skilled indigenous artisan 4-5 entire work days to complete. These purses remind most women of childhood, when they spent their days weaving candy wrappers in long lines for necklaces or bracelets.
What about the name?
Nahui Ollin, is the name of a famous Mexican artist known for environmental conservation, and is an inspiration for Olga Abadi (lead designer for Nahui Ollin). Respect and admiration for the environment and people are core concepts in the Nahui Ollin collection.