Black Tribal Ikat Shoulder Bag from The Opportunity Collection by The Village Experience. Made from hand-loomed ikat and eco leather. Features adjustable leather strap, magnetic snap closure, back pocket, interior zip pocket, slider pockets and striped lining. Fabric: 100% cotton. Handcrafted by artisans in India.
6.5” H x 10” W
The introduction of power looms to the weaving market in India put the art of hand-loomed weaving at risk and generations of families were devastated. Loom work in India is not only a form of art, it is also a cultural identifier for the artisans in 40 villages surrounding Hyderbad. Ikat weaving is one of the most distinct forms of art and enables the artisans to sustain their families economically, socially and culturally.
What is Eco Leather?
As the Industrial Revolution in the 18thcentury took hold in Europe, leather production and tanning came to utilize several harsh chemical compounds aimed at increasing production and profits, but at the unfortunate expense of the environment. Leather tanning can be one of the worst pollutants to the air, water and land surrounding it’s production.
In collaboration with Craft Resource Center, Fair Trade Netherlands and The European Fair Trade Association, a new leather was born in India free of harsh chemical compounds. Eco Leather is bio-degradeable and utilizes grade A leather. It is created and tanned without the use of azo dyes, penta chloro phenol, chrome IV and formaldehyde to name a few. A win for the producer, consumer and the environment!
The Opportunity Collection is a private label line by The Village Experience that seeks to provide opportunities for artisans globally. The focus is on preserving local techniques, infusing elements of fashion, and providing sustainable income.
The Village Experience is a socially proactive business dedicated to uplifting impoverished communities in the developing world through efforts in international trade and tourism.