Accessorize with this patchwork tote made from recycled traditional H'Mong textiles. This generously sized tote bag is made by women at Au Lac in Vietnam with pieces of amazing recycled print fabric made by the H'mong hill tribes of southeast Asia.
- 100% cotton exterior
- 100% polyester lining
- Zippered top
- Zippered interior pocket
- Dry clean only
- 13" H x 18" W x 6" D (33 x 45.7 x 15 cm)
- Fairly traded from Vietnam
Due to its handmade nature, exact color and pattern will vary.
Made by: Au Lac
Au Lac Designs is a fair trade organization in Vietnam that helps traditional craft producers develop their small businesses and create sustainable development for the rural poor. They have worked with craft producers for over ten years in a development capacity, building their experience in exporting to international markets and their understanding of international market demands design, quality control and production management - all the while ensuring business training and fair trade principles are implemented. Au Lac Designs is a fair trade business to business company that provides the best quality Vietnamese products to the international marketplace.
Au Lac works with many craft communities in Vietnam producing jewelry made of horn, bags and clothing made of silk or recycled materials, ceramic pieces, carved wood items, and many more. Their buffalo horn jewelry is made by hand, and is a process where first the material is heated, flattened, carved, sanded, polished, and then is crafted into cuffs, earrings, and necklaces. All horn items are made out of the buffalo’s by-products, therefore it is not harmed in any way. Following a tradition where all animal parts are used after death, nothing goes to waste.
Au Lac Designs’ goal is simple: they want to help bring employment opportunities back to the artisans. They are always coming up with new products to keep things fresh for the buyer. Most recently, they have been introducing the use of recycled materials, to create a wide array of items out of used paper, rubber, fabrics, and glass. In order to create a sustainable enterprise, they also focus a great amount of their time and energy into their education seminars, which cover topics such small business development, exporting, global trends, quality control, and product management.