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Natural Dye Eco Market Bag

Item # 32282
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Take your commitment to the environment and the planet at large with you wherever you go...with a bag equal parts style and substance!

Handmade in India of cotton colored with all-natural vegetable dyes in soothing blues, greens, and purple, this bag boasts a plethora of toting possibilities -- take it to the market, the library, the gym, and beyond! Interior of bag is natural and reads "Fairtrade = Justice + Peace + Love" on one side, and "The Hunger Site" with familiar wheat sheaf logo on the other.

Due to the unique handmade nature of this bag, please be aware that it may vary in color and design.

Bag lies flat and measures 17" H x 15" W (42.5 x 37.5 cm). Handmade in and fairly traded from India.

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Artisan: Fabric artisans in India

Artisan Fabric artisans in India

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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