Kachchh Embroidery - Tote Bag - Rabari - Woodland

$85.00

A very useful bag to bring everywhere with you!  This generously sized linen tote features a square of gorgeous embroidery on the front pocket. Great for wearing over your shoulder or holding in hand.

Embroidery is an integral part of Kachchhi Rabari life. Their stitchwork combines mirrors of many shapes: squares, triangles, diamonds, rectangles and circles. This unusual play with shaped mirrors is unique to Rabari embroidery.

These embroideries bring the richness of desert cultures into your hands — heirlooms for the future. Each embroidery is a unique expression of the woman who made it. No two are the same.

Size is approx. 17" x 18" x 5" (43cm x 46cm x 13cm), handle drop 12" (30cm). Pocket is 10" x 10" (25cm x 25cm).

Features: Traditional hand embroidered piece on a linen tote bag. Features large front pocket and two handles which can be worn over the shoulder or carried in hand.

Note: Each embroidery piece is one of a kind.

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The language of stitches builds within a community over hundreds of years. It is a source of identity that is transferred from one generation to the next. It is learned in the same way a spoken language is learned; with children sitting beside the adults. In an oral culture the stitched language records everything of importance from the epic to the personal.

Maiwa works with embroiderers through many co-operative structures within India. The women embroider, design, market and innovate as entrepreneur artisans. The goal is financial self-determination and empowerment through education and a clear sense of the value of their work.

Meet the Artisans.