"I created Heritage & Society because traditions are so important to me in my own family. It is my intention to encourage young artists to carry on the traditions taught and practiced in their families by making a living with that skill.”
- Ali Hynek, Founder and CEOLearn More
The Heritage & Society panels are newly woven panels made on a backstrap loom. We design each new panel with the intent to preserve the culture and tradition of Maya weaving but to also infuse new colors and pattern combination that compliment the design! Depending on the difficulty, it can take 7-12 days to make each panel.
Embrace Your Heritage
Heritage & Society was created for those that find beauty in the details of artisan work—who have an appreciation for different cultures—and a desire to enable newer generations to embrace the old and the new traditions of their heritage.
Each month we bring you one new H&S design and is our smallest collection yet since the work it takes to create each panel is so rigorous and time consuming.
One of a Kind
One of a Kind bags are made using upcycled Maya apparel that was woven with a back strap or a foot loom many years ago. We travel to remote Guatemalan villages and pick patterns from thousands of traditional huipils (shirts) and cortes (skirts) previously worn by native Guatemalan women.Shop Now
Refuse to be Ordinary
Since the One of a Kind Collection is made from unique upcycled fabric, no two bags are ever exactly the same.
Just like each of us, these bags have imperfections—they are perfectly imperfect. We celebrate these imperfections because they are made by hand!
"You'll never find another one quite like me."
New Life to Vintage
The Guatemala OOAK collection is crafted from vintage Maya clothing, made on backstrap looms and footlooms many years ago.
Crafted by artisans
Our Artisan fabric is made new by master weavers on a footloom and made in small and limited batches. We work closely with these talented artisans (hence the name) by applying their traditional techniques to fresh patterns and new color palletes.Shop now
Our Artisan Collection is made in small batches and limited quantities. Once an Artisan Collection sells out it is gone forever!
No Detail Spared
Artisan fabric is newly made by master weavers using the footloom process. It can take about 8 hours to make 1 single yard of Artisan fabric.
We pride ourselves in working with weavers and leather craftsmen who make a living working creatively at fair wages.
One of a Kind
The classically Moroccan neutral textiles we created for the newest editions to Nena & Co., bring a twist to our one-of-a-kind family.Shop Now
The Moroccan Collection is made with sheepskin leather that is buttery soft, light weight and locally sourced.
Each piece of fabric we use is made NEW by Berber women in Morocco.
Sustainable + Fair
Nena & Co. has gone global in search of talented Artisans who desire sustainable income at fair wages and we think we found the perfect fit in beautiful Morocco.
One of a kind
Designed here in the U.S. by the Nena & Co. team, we've partnered with verified members of the Fair Trade Federation in Ghana to bring you this original hand woven bag.Shop Now
Perfect Summer Bags
Designed in the USA, made in Ghana and inspired by french wicker baskets, we made the perfect summer bags! The Ghana collection comes in two styles: Full Moon Straw Bag, and Half Moon Straw Clutch.
One of a Kind
The colors in each bag are the weavers choice and so each piece is one of a kind! No two will ever be exactly alike!
To create these exclusive bags, weavers harvest the center stalk of tall Kinkahe grass. which will quickly replenish itself, resulting in a sustainable straw for the future. The straw is hand-dyed twice in boiling water and woven into our exclusive bags.
Weaving has been a traditional skill in Northern Ghana for many generations. By purchasing one of these unique creations, you are contributing to the preservation of African culture and the weavers financial independence.
It's a Heritage Thing
Weaving is a dying art form. Our mission is to give opportunities to those people who have been preserving their family’s culture. It’s a heritage thing. And we want to keep that alive.