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$ 30.00
This backpack is made from organic, handwoven cotton in bright, bold colors. Perfect and portable, each bag is finished with elegant and durable French seams to reduce fraying and decorated with contrast piping and strings.

THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT

Artisan Organization: Api Happi

Country: Sri Lanka

Aparna Samarankoon believes income and innovation equal independence. She creates empowerment by putting traditional textiles to imaginative use. In doing so, she has managed to save a rich piece of Sri Lankan history from certain extinction.

Aparna loves making old things new. As a teenager, she turned worn-out jeans into dresses. And today, she works with weavers in the town of Kegalle.

With spotty electricity, human-powered hand weaving is an essential income source for rural-dwelling Sri Lankan women. “But empowerment is not solely about money,” says Aparna, “Empowerment is about the freedom to think, speak and innovate. And all of that starts with a job.”

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