Shigra bag is handwoven from the Cabuya plant, also known as fique, penco, or agave, but this specific variety of this plant it is only found in Ecuador. The crafting process is very long, as the material must be hit to the ground, rotted for days in water, washed, shredded, boiled and colored, dried, and finally woven with a small needle. The weaving is the longest part of the process and can take up to 16 weeks, and this is where creativity comes into the game.
Shigra World is rescuing this ancestral technique and supporting indigenous communities from Ecuador. Their history goes back centuries within the Quechua communities, where Shigras were used to carry food or seeds into the field.
- Cabuya (Agave)
- Indigenous Strap