Indian Sari Purse
Fashionable pick-stitch quilting gives this purse texture and classic style. Made of recycled sari fabric in eye-catching colors, this purse is providing impoverished women artisans at ConneXions artisan group in Calcutta an income with dignity. Includes 2 zippered pockets on front, button snap, and an inside zippered pocket. Purse measures 13-by-14 inches with a 2.5-inch base. Handles measure 26 inches. Colors vary in red and blue tones.
About this Artisan
In cities such as Kolkata (Calcutta), India, many women live in traditional patriarchal communities and are not allowed to work outside their homes. ConneXions offers these women the opportunity to collect the raw materials for their quilts and scarves and take them home to produce. This opportunity to work from home and earn a living wage opens the door to economic empowerment for the artisans. With the income received through their employment with ConneXions the artisans are able to increase the educational opportunities for their children (especially their daughters) as well as help their families survive setbacks, particularly when illness or unemployment strikes.