Escama Studio

Escama Studio employs artisans in Brazil, and adapted traditional crochet techniques to create sleek handcrafted women's bags made from recycled aluminum tabs.

Escama Studio is a collaborative design studio based in California and Brazil, creating a sleek handcrafted line of women's bags made from recycled aluminum tabs. To achieve their singular aesthetic, the Escama Studio adapted traditional crochet techniques used in Brazil and imbued the 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 their mission: creating innovative and stylish products from post-consumer and other sustainable materials, through partnerships with producers in underprivileged communities.

A fundamental part of Escama Studio is to credit the artists who create each accessory. Each piece comes with a hang tag bearing the signature of the person who made it. You can read more about this person by clicking on the photo at the bottom of this page. If you would like to send a thank you note, click the email icon and we will translate your message into Portuguese and forward it on.

The artists work in co-operatives located outside of Brasilia, Brazil. The groups offer women and men in the community a means to earn a living wage through handicrafts and provide a setting where friends are made and self-esteem is regained.

Escama Studio is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

The Federation envisions a just and sustainable global economic system in which purchasing and production choices are made with concern for the well-being of people and the environment, creating a world where all people have viable economic options to meet their own needs. Escama Studio seeks to alleviate poverty by continually and significantly expanding the practice of trade that values the labor and dignity of all people.