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Plans to Make Backpacks in Guatemala

I have a 90 percent perfect design ready to make long-term traveler bags. I will travel to Panajachel, Guatemala in a month or two and make between 50 and 100 Traveler Bags or Backpacks. I have been working on this project for about five years, in this time I have made about 14 prototypes. I have made about five in Nepal, three or four in Peru, a couple in Thailand and just a mess in the Philippines. I have visited Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia in search of parts, and probably a few countries I forgot.

This is a simplified drawing that explains a backpack; the backpack will include DVD, Manuals, online videos, and a never ending updating of educational materials.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Saturday, January 30, 2010
By Andy Graham of
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Educating Buyers
I have hired a girl from Egypt to work on a PHP Database directory on that will do have two functions.

Educate readers and buyers about Backpacks, this will be a continuous evolving process. The hope is a reader and user of the backpacks, realize finally, a backpack for travel should be different from a backpack used for mountain hikes; this is a different genre of backpack.

Sales of Travel Bag:
We will install a shopping cart system, which will sell the Windmill Backpack. It is named because I have been working on this Backpack and dreaming so long, it is as if I am chasing Windmills.

Collecting Parts and Fabrics in One Location
The most important aspect of a backpack is first the materials, fabrics, clips, buckles and hardware. This is difficult; each part has a function, the trade jargon, and a manufacture that is probably the best on the planet. I must learn these words; I have been talking with many suppliers around the planet, and have decided I must stay with USA distributors.

The parts will often be made in Asia, but I will purchase them from a USA company to guarantee the quality, utilizing their experience. These parts then will be collected in one location and shipped or carried by me to Guatemala.

Contract Sewing Machines
I will either purchase or contract people in Panajachel, Guatemala or neighboring villages to do the simple sewing. I suspect I may need to purchase a sewing machine for shoes, and bring it to Pana, maybe a rivet machine.

1. Make list of all parts needed.
2. Purchase and have shipped to Indiana or my home.
3. Carry or ship these raw materials to Panajachel, Guatemala.
4. Identify each part or component of the backpack, and slowly make and assemble a couple samples.
5. Revisions
6. Fabricate 50 to 100 Backpack

This is not as complicated as it could be, we can rather stumble our way towards the goal. There is a need for fortitude, and persistence, with enough patience to slow down this project to a stop if needed until the quality is perfect. I am in no hurry; I have been working toward this goal for years.

Difference Between Prior Attempts
In the past, I tried to find a company to assist me in the manufacturing of the backpacks. I have given up this aspiration; I have not found any up to my standards of perfections. I will create my own production team of sewing machines and people, this way I can guarantee the quality. It is more hands on then I wanted, but it has to be this way to make the perfect traveler bag. I will be doing the sewing myself at times, until I know the process is correct.

I suspect after I am selling enough bags we will move production to Shezhen, China just on the other side of the border North of Hong Kong.

Win Free Backpack
I will give two free backpacks away, roughly a 275 Dollar value.

Best Suggestion as chosen by me, Andy Graham the

Best suggestions as chosen by readers. (We will put up a poll for voting soon, this stuff will be assigned to the Egypt PHP Coder.)

Complete this online Google Docs form; the best two suggestions will be sent a free backpack.

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Plans to Make Backpacks in Guatemala