Kanta Weekender

$195.00

Availability: In stock

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The embroidery and mirror detail for this bag was done by a mother-daughter team in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The bag is named for Kanta, the daughter on the team. The bag was assembled in a small woman-owned workshop in New Delhi. Each bag provided 3 days of fair work to women in India. The sale of each bag will provide a week of life skills mentoring for adolescent indigenous Mayan girls through our NGO partner, Redmi.

The women behind the bag:

Kanta is 33, and was born and raised in Jodhpur, known as the blue city for its tradition of washing homes in light blue. She has two boys, aged 10 and 1, and learned how to embroider from her mother when she was 10 years old. Her mother, Bhagwati, is 52, and learned the embroidery craft from her mother. In addition to Kanta, she has another daughter and a son. Kanta and Bhagwati were both born and raised in Jodhpur, and have always worked out of their homes.

The embroidery work used for the snowflake pattern comes from Chikankari, originating out of Lucknow, and is called the Ulta Bakhiya stitch. The mirror work is traditional to Jodhpur. Each panel takes 2 days to complete. Locally, Kanta and Bhagwati are known for their hand embroidery talents, and we are excited to bring their work to the world.
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