This soft hobo-style bag is made from soft black cotton felt. It features black decorative machine embroidery in a scrolling floral pattern on both sides as well as on the handles (which are an extension of the bag). It's great for everyday wear or as a dressy evening bag.
Both the bag and the handles are lined with medium weight black cotton. It has one interior pocket and closes with a magnetic snap. Measures 16" wide at the top narrowing to 12" wide at the bottom, 11" long and 6.5" deep. The black felt handles are 2" wide at the top and measure 11" high from the center top. The overall length from top of strap to bottom of bag is 22".
Earth Divas is a fair trade company that is 100% focused on providing women in the developing world opportunities to earn a decent wage. We are unlike most businesses in that we exist not to make a profit. Our goal is to pay artisans as much as we can, and if we do show a profit, we give 100% of it to the artisans.
Our goal is to provide the broadest range of the best designed, highest quality products that we can make. We ship by sea to keep our cost low. We visit Nepal two to three times a year to work on new designs, and improve quality and consistency.
In Nepal and throughout the developing world most craft items are made by women, and by hand. Men typically work with sewing machines and earn 5 to 10 times more than women. We've always worked with women owned and/or managed businesses, who primarily hire women to make the products. But in 2011 we created a tailoring school for women. We leased a building, bought six sewing machines, a generator, fabric and working with Beni from HeedNepal.org we hired a master tailor and paid women to attend classes five days a week for six months. We're now focused on finding them jobs within our artisan community, and will start a new session with six new ladies soon.
We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation, and we urge you to support all members, and help us share the benefits of buying fair trade products.