In Barreirinhas I had the opportunity to meet Ms Eva who is the person in charge of COOPALMAR (Artisans Coop from Lençóis Maranhenses) focused on the production of accessories made by Buriti fiber, a typical plant from that region. The group has 38 workers today, that work on their home and get together on the headquarter only for meetings and speeches. Working at home was a way to increase productivity, because this way, the artisans save time on transportation and can dedicate it to the pieces developments without worrying who will they leave their kids with. Ms Eva make periodic visits to the artisan’s houses to let them know the new orders that are coming and following up the current developments.
The styles production vary from hats, sandals, bags and clutches until beatiful sleeping nets. The techniques used are the hand weaving, crochet and macramé. This last one you can also find with beads incorporated on the weaving in some pieces. The design possibilities, having the Buriti fiber and combination of techniques, as starting point are huge. The coop takes custom orders of new designs following tech packs – and they already work with stablished brands in Brazilian market – you just need to get in touch! The prices are very friendly and the production lead-time depends on the technique being used: A crochet bag for example, can take up to 8 days to be ready, as for a manually weaved and sewn bag takes only 1 day.
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