Handmade in India, this bag is available in 3 variations: World Peace (Blue), Hope (Lime), or Love (Orange). Modern patterns are embroidered using traditional embroidery stitches on a handloom fabric, making the bag an interesting blend of traditional art and modern design. The inside of the bag is lined using handblock printed fabric in contrast colors. The bag also has a small zipped pocket inside. The flap of the bag closes with a magnetic button.
Size: 9 x 7
Made in India
Artisan Group: Rann Kala
The Art of the Desert
Several northwestern regions of India were completely destroyed by a massive earthquake in January 2001. It was the most severe earthquake (out of more than 90 earthquakes) to hit Kutch in 185 years. The area affected is called the Rann of Kutch, a seasonally marshy saline clay desert located in the Thar Desert, in the state of Gujarat, India. It is the home of 3 artisan cooperatives: the Kala Raksha vocational school of art, Qasab and WAMA. Now, years later, the artisans have rebuilt their lives and dreams thanks to their traditional art: fine mirror-work embroidery, traditional weaving and leather work.
The Women Artsiansí Marketing Agency is located in the heart of the Kutch area of Gujarat, India. After the earth quake, much of this area was destroyed, and the women artisans belonging to this agency relied on their art to raise funds for rebuilding. WAMA has also served as a keeper of traditional embroidery, making sure the art does not go extinct.
Handmade Expressions has partnered with this group to help them make a living from their art. Through dialogue, we have been able to develop unique products such as the World Peace Bags. We also carry their more traditional fine embroidery bags, which can be seen in the list below. Through Fair Trade, this group has been able to keep their art alive, rebuild their villages after a catastrophe, and learn about new designs that make their products more marketable in the Western world.