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Patchwork Beauty Multi-Colored Cotton Patchwork Handbag with Leather Accents

Patchwork Beauty Multi-Colored Cotton Patchwork Handbag with Leather Accents

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-325357

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.

Christopher Amwelima combines the vibrancy of patchwork print with the classic look of leather in this intriguing handbag. Multiple cotton cloth patches bring cheerful color, while the handle is crafted from natural leather. The roomy bag opens to reveal an interior pocket.

  • materials: 100% cotton, leather handle. Cotton lining
  • Genuine leather may naturally show subtle marks, scratches or wrinkles
  • Features a magnetic snap closure
  • Color and motifs will vary, but the theme will be similar
17.75 in. L x 15.75 in. W x 0.8 in. D; Handle(s): 13.5 in. L x 1.2 in. W

Artisan Information

Christopher Amwelima

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I am a designer of African print motifs. I was born in 1982 in northern Ghana. My friends say I am God-fearing, kind and an outgoing type. Art is my hobby and also a family trade. I was taught by my grandma and uncle, and mastered this craft because it's a family thing. I use African prints for most of my designs.

Starting on my own wasn't difficult because I was so passionate about this. When I was six, I used to help my grandma make handbags and helped my uncle with the making of smocks. The textile arts run in our family's blood.

"When I was a child, I couldn't get things I needed because my parents couldn't afford to buy them. In junior high when my school held a competition, I crafted some bags to enter and they won! But I had to drop out of senior high because of financial difficulty. I turned to my art and here I am.

"As I grew up and started on my own, my mum helped me with some money to buy fabrics which I used to create samples. I came to sell them in Accra, after which I went back to northern Ghana. I did this for a while until I settled permanently in Accra in 2004. I use traditional ways in sewing my dresses and smocks. With clothing, I use a sewing machine while I sew by hand if its leather.

"It can be challenging to come out with a very unique design and then you find it soon after in the market because everyone is copying your work. But it feels good to be able to show my designs and see that others admire them.

"The doors of my workshop are open for everyone. I teach others who want to learn this art and, so far, I have trained four people.

"My work benefits my community because some of the youth work with me, for which I pay them.

"And thanks to my skills, today I am able to buy the things I need."

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.

Shipping

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.

Returns

All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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