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Garden Paths Indigo Batik Cotton Arc and Flower Motif Drawstring Backpack

Garden Paths Indigo Batik Cotton Arc and Flower Motif Drawstring Backpack

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-337467

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Nulee of Thailand designs this cotton drawstring backpack that is hand stamped by a batik artisan then dyed indigo blue. The bag combines the casual ease of a backpack with the beauty of batik, and features a motif of connected arcs that form paths between four-petal flowers. The single main compartment is unlined and the back of the bag is a solid indigo blue.

  • materials: 100% cotton
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Features a drawstring closure
Bag: 16 in. H x 12.5 in. W x 0.8 in. D; Strap(s): 13 in. min L - x 23 in. max L x 0.7 in. W

Hand wash cold separately with mild detergent

Artisan Information


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Hi, my name is Nulee. I'm 25 years old, from the Hmong tribe in Nan Province, northern Thailand. I grew up in a family of craftsmen, so I've been making handicrafts since I was young. I think handicrafts are a gift, since each artisan's style is beautiful. My family has been making and selling Hmong batik since I was born. My parents taught me, my three younger sisters, and my younger brother every step of the process.

After finishing high school in Chiang Mai, I got an opportunity to be an assistant for Simone Buys, a featured artisan. I studied a lot under her. She taught me everything about handicrafts and business.

"I draw inspiration from life, from everything around me, and also from my family. It keeps me wanting to improve my skills, to try new things, and put all my effort into being successful. My dream is to be a Hmong entrepreneur, to be a representative for a new generation that wants to preserve our unique culture through handicrafts. Most importantly, I want to help forward my family's handicrafts. Sometimes it's hard to accurately meet expectations, but I never give up; I try my best and it's worth it.

"I started my business by making a sample and learning from my parents, and continuing to practice. Every process is done by hand. I always use cotton and natural colors. For batik cotton bags, I use recycled batik from my family's products and adapt it into casual pieces that feature beautiful Hmong batik motifs.

"I teach an unemployed Hmong woman how to make batik cotton jewelry. I design each new example and watch her create. I think this could help her and her family afford a better life. I also let other housewives in my village help craft my pieces, paying them for their work.

"I'm so proud and excited that I will have pieces sold on your website with my own name. It is great to know that international customers will be able to see more Hmong hill tribe products. I will keep creating new designs and practice new skills to make more impressive works. Thank you."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.


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