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Fold-Over Clutch - Weave

Made by Gaia

$ 178.00

Pair this bold foldover clutch with a breezy dress or boyfriend jeans, the removable chain makes it great for every occasion.

* Approximately 10.5" length; 10.5" height; 23" chain; 6" tassel

* As with all handwoven items, variations will occur

GAIA’s mission is to empower marginalized refugee women living in Dallas, Texas through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success here in the US. The refugee women transform vintage and artisan-made textiles into home and and personal accessories, with a focus on sustainability and quality design. Through a living wage and continued training and development, GAIA’s goal is to help lead these resilient women to financial independence and self-sufficiency.

Handmade Gaia Fold-Over Clutch, Fair Trade Handbag | Weave

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About The Artisans

Gaia

GAIA’s mission is to empower marginalized refugee women living in Dallas, Texas through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success here in the US The refugee women transform vintage and artisan-made textiles into home and and personal accessories, with a focus on sustainability and quality design. Through a living wage and continued training and development, GAIA’s goal is to help lead these resilient women to financial independence and self-sufficiency.
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The Technique

Chiapas is a state in southern Mexico that is covered in mountainous highlands and lush rainforest. Chiapas is known for its beautiful weaving, created using traditional Maya methods that have been passed down for centuries. Weaving in Chiapas is more than just a means to earn an income - Maya weavers believe that their designs have a deeply spiritual meaning. Traditional Maya culture believes that all beings on the earth are intertwined, and these beliefs are often encoded within the patterns in the weave.

The textiles are sewn on a backstrap loom using a method called brocade. As they weave, intricate patterns emerge in the colorful fabric. The weavers memorize countless patterns, each one a unique work of art. The patterns can have great significance in Mexican culture, representing the weaver’s heritage, marital status, religion, personality, and the village she is from.
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About The Country

United States

The United States of America is the third largest country in the world. ‘The land of the free’ is also the third most populous, and the most diverse country in the world. America owes this diversity to the abundant and continuous waves of immigrants, who have brought their own cultures and traditions to a vast new country. As most of the early settlers were of European origin, the country was distinctly European in customs, arts, music, and cuisine even before becoming an independent nation. However, with the new influx of immigrants from other parts of the world, the U.S. culture is now influenced by Native American, African, Polynesian, and especially Asian and Latin American. These immigrant populations have transformed American society into a truly multicultural and multiethnic mosaic. These many layers of diversity are reflected in the vast variety of artistic styles and hand-craft work. American artisans work with traditional craft materials and processes such as woodworking, textiles, metalworking, glassblowing, ceramics, etc.
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About Fair Trade

About Fair Trade

Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.
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