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Pink Is Sweet Cotton kente tote handbag

Pink Is Sweet Cotton kente tote handbag

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-174667

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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.

Alex Boakye transforms the legendary allure of kente textiles into an original handbag. Historically, kente was reserved for special occasions, festive and or sacred. Now kente artistry stands as a symbol of prestige, cheerfulness and glamour. Woven with a cotton and rayon blend, the kente motifs on this tote are underscored by bright pink, which is symbolic of the female essence of life. According to Akan beliefs, pink is associated with tenderness, pleasantness and sweetness. The fully lined bag features an internal pocket with zipper, while the main bag fastens with a button and stands on stainless steel studs.

  • materials: 50% cotton, 50% rayon with stainless steel studs. Polyester lining
  • Features a magnetic snap closure
10.25 in. H x 13.75 in. W x 3.5 in. D

Artisan Information

Alex Boakye

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I was born in Bonwire, a village in the Ashanti Kingdom renowned for kente weaving and thus my father, who was a master weaver, taught me when I was a young boy. I was actually like my father's pet, and for that reason I spent most of my childhood days by his side. By the time I finished basic education, I had become a weaver in my own right.

Now I have my own workshop and I work along five master weavers. A kente weave includes the blend of five colorful yarns, be it silk, cotton or rayon. We stretch them across a shuttle box to form the base of the kente stole. The finished piece is combined with plain black cotton or polyester material to sew the bags.

"I am motivated to create new designs whilst I sit quietly and listen to traditional African music. I am inspired by the desire to see my homeland emancipate from economic woes, hoping people around the world appreciate the beautiful things that come from Africa.

"The main challenge to my work has been my desire and ability to create something unique. I have taught several people the craft, and now some of them have their own studios. I have also participated in fair like the Ghana International trade fair, Sitho, Burkina Faso, and the Kentefest to commemorate Ghana's Golden Jubilee celebrations."

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.

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