In 2003, Mar Y Sol travelled to Madagascar to build on a community development effort initiated by a relative. Meeting with dozens of artisan groups who had a vision of making their products available in the global marketplace. Since then, the Mar Y Sol team has built an accessories brand recognized for its unique designs, exquisite craftsmanship and creative use of sustainable materials. Maintaining a commitment to this tradition by using organically tanned leathers and responsibly sourced raw materials. The sale of Mar Y Sol products enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft and promotes environmental conservation. Each piece produced is completely dyed, crocheted, woven, and sewn by hand in Madagascar. Using natural, sustainable materials including raffia, sisal and seagrass. Madagascar has the most luxe species of raffia palm in all the world. It results in beautiful, durable accessories that have a wonderful texture and quality. Mar Y Sol uses azo-free dyes. Its "natural" colorway features the natural tone of the un-dyed raffia and sisal plant fibers. The “sand” colorway is dyed with dried tea leaves. The leather is organically tanned by hand using only soap, water, and the rays of the sun. The leather will soften and patina with use.