What have a little black dress, a wedding outfit and skinny jeans with a crisp white shirt got in common? They are all perfect for teaming with this handmade, beautifully embroidered and oversized clutch purse. The company that makes this exquisite item specialises in beading, natural dyeing of materials, weaving and embroidery and produces evening bags, photo albums, jewellery boxes and mirror pouches. They employ more than one hundred and fifty people at their spacious premises, and provide employment opportunities for a further thousand families in the process. All employees receive Provident Funding towards retirement, insurance, paid maternity leave. The company has adopted four children and pays for their education and up-bringing. Their main aim is to preserve centuries old traditions of hand embroidery techniques such as Zardozi, Aari, Kutch, Lucknowi and Kantha. Kantha as an example, in Sanskrit literally means rags. The technique evolved out of a necessity to drape or protect against the cold. When precious silks and muslins wore out, instead of throwing them away, the women piled them in layers and stitched them together. It is recycling brought out of necessity and into an art form. This particular clutch is machine-embroidered, and finished by hand with intricate beading and a playful tassel. It has a zip fastening, a contrasting plain cotton back in a denim colour and a sumptuous electric blue lining with a useful inner pocket.
Why we love this product!
- Helps to sustain traditional techniques
- A fabulous and thoughtful gift
- It’s gorgeous
Dimensions: W:21 H:29cm