Rattan Diamonds Suitcase
made in Cambodia
by artisan women preserving traditional weaving techniques
Pack the perfect picnic or collect this as a keepsake. Every suitcase is meticulously handcrafted from natural rattan. Each purchase empowers artisan women at MANAVA in Cambodia.
Handwoven Rattan Bag | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 14" long x 8" tall x 3.5" deep
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
- Care instructions: Dust often with a feather duster or soft brush. Lightly clean the surface with a damp cloth. Please avoid direct sunlight, which can dry the material and cause it to fade.
MANAVA (“humankind” in Sanskrit) is a social enterprise empowering women in Cambodia as they rise above poverty and economic hardship. Artisans work together in a safe and supportive workshop or may opt to work from home so that they can also take care of their children. With MANAVA’s support, family incomes have increased by 95 percent; beforehand, the average income was approximately $2.50 per day. MANAVA partners with a Women’s Resource Center in Cambodia to provide a life skills program, which covers training in domestic violence support, English, family planning, financial management, positive parenting, and women’s rights.
Women weavers at MANAVA create a variety of homeware and handbags through a time-intensive rattan weaving process, an ancient Cambodian tradition dating back more than 1,000 years. They draw inspiration from Cambodian Kbach symbols, which are traditionally used in temple carvings and pottery. MANAVA places an emphasis on eco-conscious practices and sustainable harvests, limiting what is reaped to promote future growth. Rattan is harvested from local lakes and rivers, rather than in forests and mountains, and is flexible and thinner, growing back year after year. The raw materials are organic and pesticide- and herbicide-free.
Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia has a mostly flat terrain with mountains in the southwestern and northern regions. Agriculture includes rice, corn, and vegetables, while popular industries are tourism, rice milling, fishing, wood, construction, and garments. The nation has seen strong economic growth and development in the recent past; from 2000 to 2010, the GDP grew at an average annual rate of more than 8 percent. However, Cambodia is one of the poorest nations within the continent of Asia.
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.