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I stumbled upon a research paper written a few years ago by a peace corp volunteer who was working with a different community of the same people that I am. She was also passionate about the bags they made, focusing on the relationship that they have with the plants they use to make them.

I have tried to contact the author but I cannot find a valid email. If any of you would like to learn more about the plants and the culture that come together to create these art pieces, read this research paper. It is long but it is real.

http://peacecorps.mtu.edu/people/2001/lincolnPovel.pdf

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Thank you to everyone who gave feedback regarding the logos. I will keep them as they are, without burning the name into them.

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When creating the logo and designing the button, I asked the Wounaan artists to make a flat sizable area in the middle in which I could put the brand name.

I want to keep the natural look and the 100% organic-ness of the bag, so I thought to use a woodburning brand.

I expected the burned color to match nicely as well. Now that my custom branding iron finally made it to me, I get to see what it looks like.

I am not sure if it’s just that so much time has gone by with the logos as they are, but I’m tempted to say that the bags look better without the name written on them.

The brand name will go inside the bags on the tags. Is that enough? The people around me tend to feel that the buttons look better simply as symbols: without the letters.

My objective is for the bags to look beautiful and luxurious. I need for people to easily recognize that it is a Vala bag.

Truthfully, there aren’t many bags out there that look like these anyway. Certainly none with a light-burst shaped, vegetable ivory button.

I am interested in opinions.