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Vishwakarma Handmade Bags

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Our Vishwakarama Handmade Bags provide more than a convenient way to carry your essentials -- they also help lift your spirits with bold and brilliant embroidery.

Handmade in the remote villages of the harsh Thar region on the borders of India and Pakistan, these bags are named for Vishwakarma, the presiding deity of craftspeople and architects in the Hindu religion. Artisans create the embroidery and traditional mirror work style on the front flap. Choose Black, with a multi-colored diamond pattern, or White, with off-white floral embroidery with small circular mirrors sewn in.

Because they are handmade, each bag will vary slightly in color and design. 100% cotton bags have a zippered compartment beneath the flap, in addition to a spacious quilted interior. Flat shoulder bag measures 12" sq. (30.5 cm), and has an ample shoulder strap. Handmade in and fair-trade imported from India.

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Kailash Bahan, age 42 (shown in the yellow sari) and Ganeshi Bai, age 38 (in the pink sari, far right) are part of an all-women cooperative in western Rajasthan, India. Having learned the art of hand appliqué from fellow village women, they are now passing on the art to the next generation.

The cooperative currently has 272 women practicing hand appliqué, living in small villages through the region. Once a week they travel to the cooperative's headquarters to collect more materials, submit their work, and receive payment.

Earnings from their handicrafts help not only their own families, but the entire community. As a result of the increased flow of income to the region, there are now medical centers providing basic health facilities, electricity produced from solar energy, evening schools for kids, and vocational colleges for women.

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