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Purple Retreat Festival Travel Bag - Fair Trade, Hand-Embroidered - Unique World Inspirations

Purple Retreat Festival Travel Bag - Fair Trade, Hand-Embroidered

$69.99  In Stock


Limited Edition!

Our purple colorful retreat bag featuring Hmong Hill Tribe traditional embroidery is sure to spark your weekend retreat!

  • Measures 11.5" H x 14.5" L x 6.5" W
  • Zipped main pocket
  • inside side zipped pocket
  • Two outside side pockets that are perfect for quick-reach items
  • Easy-wipe and easy-see lining
  • Hand embroidered and sewen in Thailand by Wei
  • Fair Trade
  • *Please note: Tassle is NOT included*

Why a Fair Trade Travel Bag? 

Fair Trade provides talented artisans with employment opportunities, pay, and protected rights that are often not otherwise available in their developing nation. Our artisan partner Wei, who expertly handcrafts these bags, is a single mother who lost her husband in an accident. Before Fair Trade she had to work away from her family in a children's clothing factory with long hours and hard conditions. Now through your support, she is able to stay with her children and provide them with nutrition, education, and healthcare! Yes, one Fair Trade bag can make that kind of difference!  


 What are the Hmong Hill Tribe and Embroidery?

The Hmong (sometimes called the ‘Meo), with an estimated 125,000 living in Thailand, are the second-largest hill tribe and minority group. They tend to be located in higher altitudes and primarily grow rice, corn, and other crops, making reliable income difficult.

The Hmong are world-renown for their time-intensive and unique textile work and embroidering skills. This sewing is called Paj Ntaub (pronounced “pan “dow”) and means flower cloth in Hmong. Their tradition is practiced exclusively by women and is handed down from mothers to daughters. Each pattern has a meaning related to Hmong history and culture, and for generations, these textile designs have been used to pass stories on to their children. Their intricate story cloth embroidery is used to decorate hand-sewn clothes for the Hmong New Year and other celebrations.