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Antique Sari Tote Bag

$34.95

SKU: S- 38501

Hypnotic, brocade-inspired patterns and a lustrous, delicate sheen define these show-stoppers.

  • 12" W x 13" H (30.5 x 32.5 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from India

Crafted by a women's cooperative in New Delhi, India that creates purses from antique saris that would otherwise be burned to recover their gold or silver content. By putting old saris to use in new handbags, the original craftsmanship is preserved and each bag becomes a work of art -- and the women of the cooperative earn badly-needed income to care for their children and households. Expect each bag to vary and be a bit unique -- just like the women who once wore the original sari!

Based in New Dehli, India, the WorldFinds artisan group provides work for economically disadvantaged women from poor villages around the city, many of whom are often the sole provider for their families. Several artisans who begin work with the group are provided with the resources and training to go on to start their own artisan groups and businesses. The group is very dedicated to women's empowerment, and provides childcare, healthcare, and education to its artisans as well as maintaining a scholarship fund dedicated to girl's higher education.

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Beautiful... fits an

Beautiful... fits an iPad with proper closure, an iPhone in the phone pouch, perfectly, with a zippered section for a wallet or other personal item. Very practical as a small purse. Not to be weighed down, however, per sewn in silk-covered handles.

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I ordered 2

I ordered 2 turquoise, one for me, one for my best friend. They are so pretty and ornate. After reading some other reviews, I would clarify that this bag is small tote size, or purse sized. One reviewer must have a tiny laptop b/c mine wouldn't be close to fitting. Be aware there is only a snap enclosure, not a zip top which would have been nice. I am using it as a nice summer purse. It holds my big date book, wallet, phone, make-up, sunglasses, etc.,with room to spare.The colors and patterns vary greatly. My turq. bag was much darker & with a "non-flashy" design. My friend's bag was much lighter w/a very pretty jewel tone design.There is a zippered pocket inside the bag for keys, or whatever. Overall, you cannot go wrong with buying this bag. Grab as many as you can while they are on sale, and give them out as gifts, that's what I did.

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Perfect size, gorgeious.

Perfect size, gorgeious. It has beads and sequins, but doesn't seem "flashy." It is a great size - what I would call purse-size rather than a tote bag. I bought the Purple and the background shade is exactly what they show in the listing. I'm so glad I bought it.

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