Small Ikat Satchel - Gray
Made in India
by artisans preserving traditional techniques
Travel anywhere with this vintage-inspired bag. Hand-woven from ikat fabric and vegetable-dyed genuine leather, each bag fits everything you need. Every purchase empowers Nappa Dori artisans in India.
Hand-Woven Small Ikat & Leather Satchel, Fair Trade Crossbody Bag | Gray
Nappa Dori is an intimate fashion house in Delhi, India, where the emphasis on quality is matched by the commitment to social justice. The boutique's artisans create exquisite, handmade leather products. Nappa Dori provides its artisans with interest-free loans and also donates a portion of its profits to Harmony House, a community center for the women and children of the Delhi slums that provides free food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical care.
Some of our favorite items at The Little Market are decorated with a beautiful pattern called ikat – a dyeing technique that has been used to pattern textiles around the world for centuries. The word ikat comes from a Malaysian word, “mengikat” meaning “to tie,” because the technique involves tying loose threads into bundles, then dyeing them to create beautiful patterns. This technique developed independently on many different continents; it has been seen in Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan, Turkey and South America.
Ikat is a technique that has been used around the world for centuries to create beautiful fabrics. The technique developed independently on different continents, and has been found in the countries of Peru, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Japan and many more. Each region has its own variations, but throughout the world ikat has been a symbol of status because of the skill and precision required to produce it.
Its combination of spiritual depth, unmatched physical beauty, and cultural diversity makes India one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. A very diverse country, India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture, which reaches back about 5,000 years, making it one of the world's oldest cultures. With 1.237 billion people in 2012, India is the world’s largest democracy and fourth largest economy. In spite of the impressive economic growth it has seen in the last decade, for more than 400 million of India’s people (one-third of the world’s poor), crushing poverty and malnutrition are still harsh realities, and 29.8 percent of the total population fall below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. Moreover, in 2012, India ranked in the 136th place out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which assesses long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
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.