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Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
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Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
Round Sari Shoulder Bag
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Shakti.ism

Round Sari Shoulder Bag

£19.00

The Shakti.ism upcycled sari and organic cotton shoulder bags. Made from vibrant one-of-a-kind repurposed sari shoulder bags that are meticulously handcrafted by empowered artisan makers in Pondicherry, India. Each bag features a traditional stamp, made from recycled materials by the local tribal community. The makers earn fair wages for making these bags, so your purchase directly impacts the lives of disadvantaged women.

The saris are from all over India and beyond, which means a wide variety of patterns and traditions are represented. Many were generously donated especially for this social initiative. Because every sari is unique, each product has its own story and is truly one-of-a-kind. Most saris are comprised of multiple colours and patterns intended to compliment each other when draped, which is why no two items made from the same sari are the same. Colours and patterns may vary from the photographs, depending on which part of the sari was used. Some finished items have minor imperfections, which makes them even more charming and distinctive.

By purchasing this item, you are helping to empower and provide ongoing employment income for the women who make these handmade products. The demand for Shakti.ism’s products provides these women with dignified employment, a living wage, hope and opportunities for their children.

 

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Meet the Artisans: The Pondicherry Shakti.ism tailoring team members are from the semi-nomadic Narikuravar “gypsy” tribal community in Southern India. This indigenous group of people has faced discrimination against them since ancient times, primarily because of their nomadic lifestyle and consumption of animals, considered taboo by Hindus and upper-caste communities within India. The gypsy communities of India sit at the absolute bottom of society, even below the caste system. Poverty, illiteracy, diseases and discrimination are the major issues that confront the Narikuravars. Girls within the community are often married off once they begin to menstruate and many of them become mothers when they are as young as 14 years old.

The institutionalised social stigma faced by indigenous and tribal communities across India continues to be the force of oppression that keeps them trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.

Handmade by empowered women in Pondicherry, India.

Dimensions and Features: 20 cm diameter with 68 cm handle drop (8 inches diameter with 27 inch handle drop), bag width is 3.5 inches (9 cm) and has an inner pocket

Care: Gently hand wash in cold water. Hang or lay flat to air dry.

Discover beautiful fair trade accessories and gifts from Shakti.ism, a social enterprise brand on a mission to empower and support marginalised women. 

They partner with local grassroots NGOs to ensure their support is reaching people who need it most. Often these are women and girls who have experienced or are at risk of gender-based violence as well as other disadvantages. 

Shakti.ism and their partners create a supportive space for the women to develop their skills as artisans and entrepreneurs. This training and support creates far-reaching ripples of change. It helps ensure the women have a sustainable livelihood for the future, breaks the cycle of poverty and preserves local traditions. 

Every item in the Shakti.ism collection represents a brighter future, in the form of dignified employment, a living wage, hope and opportunities – for both the women themselves and their children. 

Shop for one-of-a-kind pouches, tote bags, yoga mats and more, all of which are handmade using repurposed and recycled donated sari fabric.