A delightful and lightweight backpack made from traditional Nepali 'Dhaka weave' fabric and leather, fully lined with cotton. Robustly handcrafted, with strong seams, adjustable leather shoulder straps, buckles and easy-use magnetic closures for the pocket cover. Featuring one large zipped compartment that fits A4 files, tablets and small laptops, plus 3 smaller inside pockets and 3 outside pockets, it's great for casual everyday use or for school or work, 100% cotton fabric, in gold and black tones.
Despite the name, Dhaka weaving is an age-old craft from the central and eastern mountains of Nepal, where the intricately panelled fabric designs have most often been painstakingly handwoven for traditional caps or clothing for men, and shawls for women.
Your purchase of this backpack helps provide continuity of employment for workers who are still struggling to rebuild their lives following the devastating Nepali earthquakes of May 2015. Sunil, CEO of our fair trade producer-partner Mahaguthi, wrote immediately after the earthquake:
"Fortunate enough that we are safe... some of us have lost our homes. The second earthquake on Tuesday shattered our confidence as we were trying to get back to life. Still thousands of people are displaced. People are fearful to enter their homes. Everyday aftershocks continue to terrify everyone. Still it is taking time to get back to life. Producers who went home outside Kathmandu are still fearful to return. Those who lost homes are busy finding temporary solutions... Thank you very much for your understanding and support."
Mahaguthi Craft supports the development of micro-enterprises and helps disadvantaged producers improve their quality of life in Nepal.
The Education Web Guide team were particularly impressed by the quality and educational content (of the New Internationalist magazine)
The magazine is a secular publication. Readers, both Christian and non-Christian, may not always agree with all its conclusions. But it is an excellent catalyst for better informed thought and action. It pulls no punches yet at the same time is written with sensitivity and compassion ... could be of immense help in our becoming more globally aware and responsible citizens.
I do enjoy your magazine - it provides a good balance to a lot of the right-wing / conservative and pro-big-business-dominated media.
The New Internationalist magazine is not being screwed or manipulated by any dominant ideological group or any dominant corporate interest. Therefore the New Internationalist editorial is genuinely the New Internationalist editorial.
New Internationalist supports Fair Trade producers like The Chetna Organic Cotton Project. Fair Trade promotes a fair wage and fair working conditions, encouraging developing world producers to help themselves.
A little about The Chetna Organic Cotton Project: Say NO to pesticides that poison three million people every year, and help make trade fairer at the same time.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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