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.
- Brown, Burgundy, Green, Pink, Purple, or Turquoise
- 12" W x 13" H (30.5 x 32.5 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
Made by: World Finds
Wanting to help at risk women in their community while pursuing their heritage working with traditional textiles, the Sathwara Family began making bags and accessories from recycled sari pieces in the late 1990s. Located in the northern New Delhi area, this family-run artisan group provides training and employment for women who would otherwise have trouble being hired.
The gorgeous bags and accessories that they make are handcrafted from recycled and discarded saris – the traditional dress of many women in India. They tailor and transform these repurposed textiles into high-quality accessories, embellished with an arrangement of gorgeous sari pieces.
World Finds works directly with their artisan groups – which include a combination of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) members, small families of artisans, and women’s cooperatives. They are all talented, low-income artisans who are paid a livable wage and have safe working conditions, access to healthcare and childcare, and ongoing training and education. They have been working with many of these groups for over a decade, and during that time they have seen many artisans lift themselves out of poverty and even launch their own successful businesses, strengthening the entire community.