Features of the bag include a flat bottom, natural cotton canvas lining with large interior pouch pocket, and thick, genuine leather handles long enough for the shoulder.
100% hand made by artisans in the Himalayas who, through JOYN's fair trade co-operative, are given the chance and the dignity to pull themselves out of poverty.
Includes swing tag detailing the fair trade nature of this product.
Approximately 38.5cm wide (at widest point) x 34cm deep. Straps approximately 60cm long.
JOYN is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation. The Fair Trade Federation is a community of businesses committed to 360° fair trade. All members work closely with small farmers and artisans to ensure good wages, safe working conditions, environmental responsibility and economic growth.
JOYN found that the people living in Rajpur are some of the neediest people on the planet. Many of them grew up begging on the streets and have no skills, education, identities, or even birthdays. They suffer from hunger, abuse, leprosy, drug addiction and chronic illnesses. The company provides employees with not only steady jobs and a good work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care. Lives are changing as a result.
All JOYN India bags are made entirely by hand.
The manufacturing process starts with pure cotton which is carded and cleaned, and then hand spun in 7 stages to make the thread. The finished thread is hand-woven into cotton fabric and fabric dye pressed onto it using a hand-carved wooden block. When dry, the fabric is cut and stitched by hand.
JOYN's genuine leather bags are made with either discarded or recycled leather. Many are made from vegan leather.
The Murrays quickly realised that in order to bring real hope and lasting change to impoverished places, you have to bring opportunity and give people the chance and the dignity to pull themselves out of poverty. The artisans in Rajpur could make beautiful textile products, but they lacked availability to markets. They lacked jobs. So the Murrays and their team were determined to start a sustainable business and to employ as many people as they possibly could.