The Colombian textile studio VERDI often pairs local craft traditions with elevated materials to create stylish homewares and fashion accessories resplendent in local lore. Lately, the founder and creative director, Tomas Vera, has been captivated by the Cauca region's rich history of raising silkworms, also known as sericulture. "We're constantly experimenting with new techniques and material combinations from the vast Colombian repertoire," says Vera, who adorned the brand’s Bogota showroom with a mesmerizing Tree of Life that puts these fascinations on full display. It also defines their latest offering—a capsule of aureate mochilas, or knapsacks, featuring an eye-catching fusion of silver-plated metal threads and organic silk sourced from Cauca.
Perhaps the lineup's most exceptional item is the Seashell Weave Bag in the gold ecru colorway. A romantic ode to Colombia's picturesque beaches, the marine shell motif intricately fuses the two fibers—a process that can take up to ten days—to create a glimmering interplay between materials. A commitment to sustainability, born out of the studio's undying love for their home country, underscores their use of natural fibers and eco-friendly dyes. It's part of VERDI's ongoing effort to safeguard their community: "This country's vast landscapes, culture, and biodiversity never cease to amaze us."
Each handbag must be pre-ordered, please allow for a 2-3 week window for delivery.
Measurements - Bag 17cm x 21cm; Strap 150cm x 3cm
700 grams in mass
Composition: Silver plated wire and organic silk
Colorway: gold ecru
Colorway: gold ecru
By The Numbers:
25 years of Colombian Heritage
10 years of reinterpreting a legacy
3 pillars of exceptional, sustainable craft: home, fashion, and art
25 families of artisans in Curití, Santander
20 weavers with generations of practice, patience, and consistency
10 days for each piece to be handwoven
0.7 kilograms in mass