Photos: Cia do Lacre.
Crafting with aluminum pull tabs from cans has been around for a while: we've seen bags, clothing and even a chair made with them. But even if there are some exceptions -that chair really does look great-, many of the products made with these metal tabs look a little rough.
I thought these large handbags from Brazilian organization Cia do Lacre are an exception: they actually resemble regular bags and even look cool, especially the first one on the left.
Find out more models, including a nice colored one, in the extended.We've briefly mentioned Cia do Lacre before , although not their whole story.
This firm was founded in 2000 by Francisca Rosa Martins, a woman with a long history of entrepreneurship who developed a technique to knit the pull tabs in the late '90s and introduced it to other women to help them earn their own income and unleash their creativity. The association is non-profit, so each women owns their work and gets paid for it directly.
Now based in Richo Fundo I, a region from Brasilia (the capital of the country), Cia do Lacre currently produces about 1000 pieces a month. It has 12 production points in low-income areas around Brasilia, helping families earn a living.
Cia do Lacre exports to the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of their models can be found at Escama Studio. But it was their latest creations that called my attention, especially the first bag below and the colored tote at the bottom:
For more information, head to their website or to the section Who made this at the Escama website, which introduces some of the artisans behind Cia do Lacre.