Utility Case - Black
Made in India
by artisan women preserving traditional kantha techniques
Perfect for your go-tos and daily essentials, this portable bag is made of organic cotton canvas and features a hand-embroided cross-stitch. Each purchase empowers artisan women at Anchal Project in India.
Small Toiletry 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 8" long x 5" wide x 3" tall
- Care instructions: Spot clean only.
- Materials: 1 layer of 100% certified organic cotton canvas; canvas lined
- Gold zipper closure
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Anchal Project is an India-based social enterprise that supports employment opportunities for women previously exploited by the commercial sex trade. The social enterprise offers holistic solutions to societal inequalities by providing skills training, full-time employment opportunities, educational workshops, health services, a safe work environment, and access to a larger marketplace. As a Fair Trade Federation member, Anchal Project is also committed to environmental conservation and sustainable practices.
Women at Anchal Project practice an intricate, hand-stitching kantha technique to create these rich quilts. (A kantha stitch is a simple running stitch used to hold multiple layers of fabric together.) This technique was first found in primitive art and has since developed into an important cultural signifier in India, now incorporated into momentous events ranging from births to weddings.
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.