This bright tote makes a great market bag or carry-all! Each tote is made from traditional African shweshwe fabric and has a contrasting color front pocket.
- 28" L (71.1 cm) straps
- 12.5" H x 11.25" W (31.8 x 28.6 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Lesotho
Made by: N’kobo Jewelry Making
Artisan Alice Tikiso once worked in Lesotho's garment factories where she learned technical sewing and quality control. Along with her husband Edward, she founded N’kobo, a small business that specializes in handmade products from traditional African ShweShwe fabric and paper jewelry. Alice hopes to grow her business to help other qualified seamstresses make a fair wage.
At N’kobo Jewelry, when they say homemade, they mean literally made at home, with the hands. Very few tools are used as each item is shaped and formed into a work of art. The workshop has a sewing machine and an embroidery machine for their fabric creations such as hand tailored dresses and accessories. But the jewelers use only a pliers, a wire cutter, and other small hand tools. Much of the shaping and forming is literally done with the hands. The result is unique pieces made with pride, pieces that stand out from the crowd.
The Tikiso family has created income generation opportunities for many artisans in Lesotho.