The artisans behind the creation of our Color Splash bags are creative and innovative people that inhabit the harsh, desert region of northwestern India. This desolate area is unfit for farming, and therefore a land of little opportunity. Many artisans, when faced with these challenges, decided to migrate to the cities and work doing low-level, poorly paid manual labor. Others were lured to the promising, “stable”, yet dangerous and poorly paid jobs of sweat shops.
As an alternative, many artisans decided to create a cooperative that has benefited from Fair Trade principles. These artisans create beautiful products, such as bags and cushion covers, by stitching together scraps from the textile industry. These scraps can have printed designs on them, embroidery, mirror work or other kinds of details, making them look very beautiful and intricate. When the bag is finished, it is made functional thanks to the design help that these artisans have received. They are able to add cell phone bags, pockets for money, etc. At the same time, the recycled nature of the bag helps keep the costs down, since the labor is mostly reserved for the stitching of the bag.
Income generated by these products sustains a dignified lifestyle for the artisans and makes smiles bloom in the desert! Most of the people benefited are women who are able to become independent, respected decision makers in their communities. By supporting this group, you are also supporting green practices, since the artisans are recycling fabrics that would otherwise go to waste.
For a list of all the items created by this group, please see below:
This stylish bag has a broad should strap the opening creats a “V”. It is made from recycled embroidered patches that were collected from the textile industry. Each bag has a unifying red yarn but the recycled fabrics make each bag slightly different. This versatile and functional...
Made of colorful patches of recycled, embroidered and beaded fabrics, these elaborate cosmetic bags are the perfect size to fit all of your daily necessities for ever day use or for travel. They come with both a blue or red border and securely close with a zipper to match the...
Patchwork of beautiful assorted sari fabrics connected with hand stitching. Solid contrast lining and straps. Internal pocket. Assorted colors.
Materials: Recycled saris, cotton lining, some bead and sequin detail
Size: 14" W x 17 1/2" L. Strap drop 12"
Pillow cover with ethnic patchwork and embroidery made from light shades of upcycled fabrics. Great home accent. Wood button closure in back. Cream-colored tones with assorted patterns. Pillow insert sold separately.
SIZE: 21" x 12"
MATERIALS: Recycled textile patches - 50%, Cotton - 50%
Yoga tote with handmade patchwork designs and tie-closure. Made from upcycled materials. Great accessory that is fully functional with Indian motifs. Assorted colors and patterns.
SIZE: 27" long
MATERIALS: Recycled textile patches - 90% Cotton - 9%