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.
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