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Ximena lives and work in the city of leather, Cotacachi, located between two volcanoes: Cotacachi and Imbabura. Ximena and her husband have been crafting high quality leather pieces for over 20 years. Their work stands out easily thanks to the attention to detail and superior craftsmanship. This duo loves to blend new leather crafting techniques with the ones passed down to them by their parents to craft quality leather pieces that will last a lifetime.
Ximena's workshop is a lively place where eight members of the community go to work each day. As is the case with many of the indigenous villages in Ecuador where our goods are made, employment options are limited. Ximena takes great pride in teaching every new comer the leather crafting process. A skill she hopes will employ them for the rest of their lives.
The crafting process for our leather pieces starts with the design. Some are exclusive Equal Uprise designs and others are a blend between Ximena's designs and Equal Uprise's. The main goal with both is functionality.
Once the design is in place, production starts with the cutting of the leather hides. Once it is all cut sewing begins and finishing touches are put on the pieces. Before they are ready, they are treated with leather care products to help elongate the life of each piece.
The leather pieces you'll find here are all crafted from leather that comes directly out of the meat industry in the small city of Baños. The leather hide artisan pays an early visits to the butcher each morning. He collects between 10-20 hides per day and once he's accumulated 150-200 hides, he processes all of them.
The hide factory employs 7 people in Baños.