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Banjara Embroidery - Tote Bag - Framework


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.

Banjara Embroidery deploys one of the largest stitch vocabularies of any cultural group. Fully committed to strong bold patterns, most motifs are based on a geometry of nested and altered squares. Both mirrors and motifs have auspicious power and are believed to offer protection from harm.

Size is approx. 18" x 19" x 5" (46cm x 48cm x 13cm), handle drop 14" (35cm). Pocket is 9" x 9" (23cm x 23cm).

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.

*Embroidery may vary slightly from image shown.


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.

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