Handwoven Bags Supporting Education
The Half Moon Crossbody or clutch features a fabric that is handwoven with authentic traditional tribal motifs and is made by hundreds of tribal women in Nagaland, India using a “back-strap” loom. The “back-strap” loom is tied around the weaver's waist and outstretched legs to hold tension. Historically these weavers have woven with bright colors, making patterns with geometric shapes to make sarongs declaring tribal allegiance.
The Kavya Clutch is the perfect companion to hold all your everyday essentials. The thick weave creates a strong fabric that holds up well to daily use. This clutch features a thick cotton exterior that is handwoven by weavers in Panipat, India using a traditional Panipat jacquard loom. The city of Panipat is referred to by many as “the city of weavers,” and is home to thousands of artisans. This pattern also uses hand-knotting and embroidery to make this beautiful pattern.
How do these bags help?
10% from the purchase of each bag goes to support programs that help to educate girls in India. Educating these girls makes them more likely to live a healthier life, earn more money, and support their community. This also helps these girls to avoid pre-teen pregnancy, childhood marriage, and domestic abuse.
These programs fight gender inequality related to beliefs about girls in society and their place in the family structure that keep girls out of school. This program uses many creative awareness campaigns, psychology skills, as well as local knowledge and experience to get girls to school. These programs also re-integrate school drop-outs due to childhood marriage and expected housework. The programs for re-integration help the girls to obtain an academic literacy level that will allow them to rejoin school. The re-integration program also helps with other practical barriers, such as caring for newborn babies. The money from the purchase of these bags also goes toward supporting infrastructure as many of the schools are underfunded. This includes building classrooms, sanitary facilities, and libraries. It also includes providing books and wages for teachers that can allow the school to add another teacher which directly affects enrollment.