Mughal Desert Bag, India

Our Mughal desert bag is  a stunning, hand embroidered purse made of cotton and silk.  Using the traditional "ahir" embroidery technique of western India, a wide variety of colored threads are used to create freehand designs and minute chain stitches.  Silk handles finish off this elegant bag.

We are pleased to offer the Maharani Evening Bag in collaboration with 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 embroiderers, 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.  Shrujan’s women embroiderers are now able to contribute to their family’s income while sharing with the world a craft that was previously known only in this remote, arid part of the country.


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