Metallic Cat Tote
This fun tote bag shows off a metallic, cat block print pattern. It has double layered straps made of upcycled saris in primarily teal colors. Bag features fabric inner pocket to hold a phone or other valuables. Outer fabric is a sturdy cotton canvas.
Dimensions: 15" W, 15" H
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Block printing is a traditional art form native to Rajasthan, India. Artisans hand carve a wood block with patterns inspired by local flora and fauna, dip it into dye, and then carefully stamp the fabric, creating beautiful patterns. We have improved the process for our block print artisans by reducing water use, using unbleached cotton, and natural and non-toxic dyes.
Saris have been present in Indian culture and imagery for thousands of years. Hindu goddesses of beauty, knowledge and power are depicted draped in the colorful garments, and women throughout India wear saris for many occasions. Upcycling saris reincarnates these beautiful fabrics into eco-chic fashion accessories while empowering women artisans to build sustainable livelihoods and communities.
Block Print Artisans
Our block print artisan partners live in scattered rural villages that are challenged by poverty and lack of infrastructure in their isolated communities. There are few opportunities for jobs in this desert region, where the climate is too dry for agriculture. Most artisans live in mud huts and some do not have electricity. We partner with an organization that focuses on economic, social and environmental upliftment for these communities and provides development solutions such solar power, education, and health care.
Upcycled Sari Artisans
United through the guidance of our India team, small groups of women from urban slums in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh work in their homes to learn simple techniques to fashion jewelry and home décor with upcycled saris and other recycled materials. Because of the patriarchal culture, most of the women are confined to their homes with family responsibilities. The training and income provided by this craft empowers them financially and strengthens their confidence and support for their families and community.
Shipping & Returns
We charge a flat-rate of $5 to ship any order. And if you spend more than $50, shipping is free! Once your order is received, we'll ship it within 2-3 business days. To return a purchase, visit our returns page (link in footer below) to request a return within 30 days of your purchase. We will provide a prepaid mailing label for item return. Once we receive and process your return, we will deduct the cost of the prepaid label from your refund and return the remaining amount of your original merchandise cost back to the purchase credit card. Original shipping charges will not be refunded.