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Petronila Tote by Catrinka
A go-everywhere tote made from repurposed vintage corte textiles from Colotenango, a municipality in the Guatemalan highlands, where women traditionally wear them as wrap skirts. We collected the brightest pieces from Petronila, an illiterate textile vendor who sent her children and grandchildren to school, and finished them with tan suede details, hot pink cotton lining and an interior zip pocket.
Every bag is unique but all have the same colors and feel (if you'd like to pick your specific pattern, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send snapshots). Comes with a Catrinka Girls Project Friendship Bracelet as a reminder of the girls your purchase helps to empower.
Size: 12" high x 16" w x 4" g
Material: vintage woven and embroidered cotton, hot pink cotton lining, 100% cow leather gusset and handles
Handmade in Guatemala
Made in USA
The bag was stitched and assembled from market fabric in a small woman-owned workshop in New Delhi by a number of women including Lalita. The workshop was established in 1996 with the motive of reviving the dying arts of India, and providing regular work to home workers - women in India who traditionally work irregularly from their home to earn income while also retaining responsibility for their work at home. The workshop's directors also run and fund a girls school that offers free tuition and midday meals. Each bag provided 1 day of fair work to women in India. The sale of each bag will provide a day of life skills mentoring for adolescent indigenous Mayan girls through our NGO partner, Redmi.The embroidery work used for the snowflake pattern comes from Chikankari, originating out of Lucknow, and is called the Ulta Bakhiya stitch. The mirror work is traditional to Jodhpur. Each panel takes 2 days to complete. Locally, Kanta and Bhagwati are known for their hand embroidery talents, and we are excited to bring their work to the world.