THIS PRODUCT IS A SECOND. USUALLY £45.00.
All of the seconds we sell are completely 'fit for purpose'. The reason they are seconds is that they may have cosmetic imperfections eg. small dirty marks or untidy stitching, or simply the swing tag may be missing.
Please note - because these items are sold as seconds we cannot accept returns unless the product is faulty and not 'fit for purpose'.
This sturdy Kavya A-line tote bag is beautifully produced - entirely by hand. Thick cotton is hand spun and hand woven, which is then block printed by hand in a vibrant yellow floral pattern. The printing blocks are even hand carved!
Features of the bag include a flat bottom, natural cotton canvas lining with large interior pouch pocket, and vegan 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 with the original signature of each artisan responsible for the weaving, printing and stitching of this product.
Approximately 37.5cm wide (at widest point) x 33cm deep. Straps approximately 62cm long.
JOYN India 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.
The manufacturing process of JOYN products starts with pure cotton, which is carded and cleaned, then hand-spun in 7 stages to complete the thread and hand-woven into fabric. The cotton fabric then has fabric dye pressed onto it using a hand-carved wooden block. When it is dry it is cut and stitched by hand. Every finished product has a swing tag with the signature of each artisan responsible for the weaving, printing and stitching.
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.