Escama Studio is a U.S. Brazilian venture that has been making and selling accessories for almost two decades. From our perspective in the U.S., this venture has been a great success; our purses have been sold all over the world and with that, we've managed to support many people. From the perspective of Brazil, the artisans have a view from the production-side of the business. Today, artisan Angela Bezerra, offers her opinion on what it's like to make purses with a group of supportive women.
ES: Hello Angela, when did you start working as an artisan making bags?
ANGELA: I started in 2006.
ES: How does it feel to create crocheted purses with your own hands?
ANGELA: I feel really good. I feel like I am important and useful and that I'm still active in the labor market at the age of 62. It's the kind of work that brings me well being. I'm always willing and I feel encouraged.
ES: How has it been working with a group of other women?
ANGELA: The contact with this group of women sharpens my creativity. I feel flattered when we deliver the finished pieces, they're very beautiful.
ES: Women all over the world are impressed with your work.
ANGELA: To see the recycled material turn into a work of art created by my hands, appreciated by customers worldwide is something that brings me a lot of responsibility, but this doesn't translate into difficulties. I know that the reputation of our work comes down to commitment and dedication. That's what makes me infinitely responsible.
ES: Has this craft production changed things in your life?
ANGELA: The changes are numerous beyond just the financial aspects. It makes me feel good to talk about what I do, to my family, friends and community. I love to tell them that we export to the world and that we are connected with the current market. We are many women who help each other. We are an example in our community of strong and important women.
ES: Have you bought anything lately?
ANGELA: I could buy some things for the home but the most important thing is to assist my husband and to give gifts to my children and grandchildren. It makes me feel very good about myself. I love what I do every day!