Melchor is from Oaxaca, where he still resides. He is 54 years old and has been married for 25 years, and together they have 7 kids. Melchor has been making straw bags in forms of animals since he was 15, and it has become his passion. Each animal takes him about 7 hours to make.

Melchor has taught his wife and two of his children his craft, and they are now his helpers.