Escama ~ from aluminum pull-tabs to über chic
By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2010
It’s no secret that well-designed, chic products with a handmade, recycled, eco-chic vibe are a huge trend today. Brazilian brand, Escama’s etro-glam Socorro Shoulder Bag takes the concept of recycling to another level. Escama has embraced an ethical, sustainable method for manufacturing their handcrafted bags. Over 700 aluminum pull-tabs rescued from the top of discarded soda cans have been artfully hand-crocheted together to form a sizable, versatile bag, whose shiny metallic texture is akin to fish scales.
Each Socorro Bag has been carefully handmade by a member of a self-controlled, skilled cooperative of craftswomen in Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. Escama practices wage equality and sustainability and each bag comes with a special card that has been hand-signed by its creator.
Escama’s commendable Mission Statement, from their website:
To achieve our singular aesthetic, the Escama Studio team adapted traditional crochet techniques used in Brazil and imbued this tradition with a modern design sense and new materials. With designs originating from both San Francisco and Brazil, the bags are hand crocheted in Brazil by women’s collectives who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio.
The result is an elegant and striking collection of accessories that illustrates our mission: creating innovative and stylish products from post-consumer and other sustainable materials, through partnerships with producers in underprivileged communities.