About Nahui Ollin
In 2003 Nahui Ollin (pronounced now-we-oh-lean) was established based on a need we saw for “green” alternatives in fashion accessories. Since its inception, we have filled that need, maintained success and furthered our mission to provide ethical and fashionable items to our growing following of ‘conscious’ fashionistas.
Nahui Ollin designer Olga Abadi discovered the ancient Mayan technique of binding everyday materials into handbags at a cultural festival in Mexico. She realized that this process not only prevents the emission of harmful chemicals into our atmosphere by recycling, but also allows for the design of unique materials now classified as eco-fashion. By combining this technique and her eye for design, Olga created the Nahui Ollin candy wrapper handbag.
Nahui Ollin bags are made from recycled materials. Defective candy wrappers are rescued before being brought to the landfills and used in the construction of each bag. It can take up to 4,000 candy wrappers and four days for an individual artisan to construct one bag. Our unique process ensures that no two bags are the same, and while they are made from candy wrappers, gum wrappers, and soda bottle labels, they stand the test of time and weather for tear-free, long-term durability.
With Nahui Ollin, you are truly purchasing a one of a kind piece. All of our goods are produced under Fair Trade and Sweatshop free practices in Mexico. Our growing family of upcycling partners include Tootsie, Disney, Hershey’s, Pez, and Target. This has enabled us to create a cottage industry there, and the sale of every Nahui Ollin item helps support local artisans who rely on this trade to care for their land and their families.
With a growing awareness amongst consumers for environmentally conscious items, we add to our styles and designs seasonally.