In the western region of India lies the province of Gujerat, a desert area renowned for its stunning craft traditions. Here you will discover a cooperative of talented women embroiderers creating the exquisite fabrics that they transform into scarves and bags. Our Mughal Desert Bag offers you a wonderful opportunity to connect to the artisans. It comes in cotton and silk in a wide array of colored threads with exquisite "ahir"embroidery that boasts freehand designs and minute chain stitches. With handles of silk, this makes a perfect summer bag.
We are pleased to offer the Mughal Desert Bag as part of a larger initiative called Shrujan, started in 1969 by Chanda Shroff, a philanthropist from Mumbai. Shroff was interested in preserving the age-old embroidery techniques used by the women of Kutch, a district in the western state of Gujarat. She started a philanthropic venture to protect and preserve this craft; while empowering the women who practiced it. Shroff started by giving raw materials like thread and fabric to women embroiders, encouraging them to create their own pieces and promising them a market for their products. Today, Shrujan works with 16 different styles of embroidery done by 3,500 women across 100 villages located in and around the Kutch desert. Shroff’s effort and dedication to the cause of preserving Kutchi embroidery has resulted in the financial emancipation of many women whom she has helped. Today, Shrujan’s women embroiders are able to contribute to their family’s income while and sharing with the world a craft that was previously known only in this remote, arid part of the country.
GIFT BOX: This gift is available gift boxed. It will arrive in our signature white gift box with raffia ribbon and will be presented with a lovely copper Cambodian peace bell - once part of a disused landmine and now recreated into bells for their cows and oxen by Cambodian villagers. Your gift box option is available at checkout.