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embroidered circles pouch

by Jenny Krauss
Handmade
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Circle Marks the Spot

This handcrafted pouch is lit up with the fantastic colors and textures of Peruvian needlework. Each clutch, with its geometric pattern features a zippered enclosure to keep your necessities securely inside.

Designer Jenny Krauss has made it her mission to provide work for the talented but impoverished artisans of South America. Employed under fair trade practices, craftspeople in Peru embroider these bags using a curly wool thread, which gives each bag a unique, textured appearance.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20933
Made from
100% wool
Measurements
7" L x 4.25" H
  • the maker
Jenny Krauss

Jenny Krauss

Jenny Krauss began making baby and home gifts 20 years ago, but has spent the last 10 years providing work for Bolivian and Peruvian artisans, often women with exceptional skills but few options for work.

"The women are often the sole support for their families and the work they do for me has not only helped them financially, but psychologically as well. They speak to me about lack of opportunity and how meaningful it is to create something they can sell. It's a joy to visit them and see changes in their lives."

Today, Jenny lives in New York and enjoys designing new products and visiting artisans. "Office work is a drag." She travels to Bolivia and Peru to meet with artisans and to provide them with new projects. "It's important to give and empower those less fortunate. Most people don't have a lot of opportunity to better their lives, so it feels good to be able to contribute something empowering and sustainable."

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Perfect size (9)
  • Stylish (7)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (8)
  • School (5)
  • Going out (4)
  • Travel (4)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual dresser (5), Trendy/stylish dresser (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (3), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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4.0

Won't lose this one!

By 

from Maine

About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Perfect size
  • Smart Colorful Unique
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

    Wanted something for a friend who only carries a small pouch for day to day use, but she loses it. This artful pouch will not get lost!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Recipient liked.

    By 

    from chicago

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Perfect size

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • School

      Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

      Birthday gift to graduate student. Well received.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Arrived perfectly on time.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Cute Little Clutch

      By 

      from Florida

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Stylish
      • Well Made Colorful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Going Out
        • Office
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

        A Christmas gift for our 16 year old grandaughter. Very nice size for a young woman to grab and go. Lots of bright happy colors on black background. Clutch will be noticed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By 

        from Napa

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Perfect size
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

            Was a gift for a girlfriend, she loves it. Better quality than expected...couldn't be happier.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Excellent quality!

            By 

            from MO

            About Me Casual Dresser

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Perfect size
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Going Out

              Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

              Small but great for an evening out.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Wife
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again and again

              By 

              from Sacramento, Ca

              About Me Casual Dresser

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Perfect size
              • Quality
              • Stylish
              • Workmanship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Going Out
                • Office
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

                I was amazed at the quality of workmanship. I went right back and ordered a second one.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                will buy this again!!

                By 

                from Prescott Valley, AZ

                About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Perfect size

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Travel

                  Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

                  Friend will use to store things in her pocketbook. Very good size for handbag. Well made.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Looks even better in person@

                  By 

                  from Milwaukee WI

                  About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Going Out
                    • Office
                    • School
                    • Travel

                    Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

                    My sister in N. Cali loved this!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    lovely pouch!

                    By 

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Casual Dresser

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Perfect size

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use

                      Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

                      I use this for my big sunglasses! It is such a pretty and practical pouch!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      4.0

                      Love it but........

                      By 

                      from Manchester NH

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about EMBROIDERED CIRCLES POUCH:

                            Gave this to my friend for her birthday......she was showing it to me....where the zipper pully is....it was becoming frayed....?? So we just took the 2 strings and tied them together so it would not come lose...she does love it though....

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            Q and A

                            When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                            402votes, 46 comments

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                            Handcrafted by artisans in Peru, we think these fun pouches could make great gifts for craft lovers and fashion lovers alike! Designed by artist Jenny Kraus (see her artist bio to learn more), each pouch is embroidered by a talented fair trade crafts-person. Do you love the floral pattern or the circle design more?

                            Seneca

                            I prefer the circle design because I don't like the background color on the flower version. What is the size of each?

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                            Thanks for the question! The flower pattern is 9" x 5" and the circle pattern is 7.5" x 4.5". We'll add this info to product copy.

                            TIFFANY
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            beautiful!


                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            It really is beautiful and the price is nice too but I don't seriously think that it took some poor 15-year-old girl in Peru only 34 dollars worth of her time to make this plus all the materials and dyes and shipping and whatnot cost a lot more than $34 just for us to even look at it. I love it, but as crazy as it might sound, it should cost more.

                            Robin
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Laaaame and overpriced! What's not to love?

                            sarah
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Though this is pretty, it's way too expensive, and not unique or clever.

                            Laura
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            The one thing I would do to improve this is add a simple strap to make it a wristlet. Keep it at the same pricepoint, though.

                            Mari
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Not for $34

                            Jenna
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            If included in the catalogue, I would definitely include the "fair trade" comment. Although, this isn't my personal style because it uses wool, it's cute, artsy and hand-made.

                            Nikole
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Not that great to be $34 plus shipping and handling. Not cute.

                            Catherine
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Just don't do it for me .. especially the price.

                            Margie
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            too expensive!

                            Janice
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I do not like the colors.

                            judith

                            are they lined? I think the price is a bit high

                            Karen
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I really like them but wouldn't pay that much for a small wristlet.

                            Katie C., Houston, TX
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            my Mima has something similar and we have the same style. so as a purchase to share..maybe..it's priced a little on the high side.

                            kristy
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            think they are super cute, but priced too high

                            Melanie
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            They are really cute but too expensive

                            Jane
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I actually LOVE these, but would only pay about $14 for them.

                            50-something Gal
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            very eye-catching and colorful...great gift idea for a young lady!

                            Sarah
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            These are very cute. I especially like the flowered one, but they are just too expensive. I get that it's for impoverished artists and all, but I could buy the same thing at a local crafts fair for a lot less.

                            Lisa
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            They're lovely and I really love helping fair trade and local craftspeople, but they're WAY too expensive.

                            MissC
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Wool is a very common allergy, Offering in other types of fabrics would be a plus.

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                            Thanks for the question, Judith. They are lined. The circle pouch features a black lining and the floral pouch features a blue lining.

                            Joni
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Absolutely adorable!!! :-)))

                            ann marie
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            price is too high

                            rebeca
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            the colors are to bold

                            Dee
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I'm not ultra-crazy about the designs... Handmade items are fantastic, but these seem to be a "miss" in my book.

                            Carolan
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            These are very pretty. Not trendy. Good for pen/pencils or makeup.

                            Heather
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Love, love, LOVE them both. They look handmade; I like the whole fair trade connection and the colors are gorgeous.

                            Breen
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            too high a price point

                            Alana
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Too pricey for something that looks like it could be bought at a rummage sale.

                            MaryKay
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            These are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

                            Nadine
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Too pricey though.


                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            these are not uncommon

                            Thea
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            really like these. a little pricey, but very beautiful

                            Kiki
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            OK I admit I am a craft geek! Woman's crafts I love to support and I think the price is reasonable.

                            Marianne
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Very pretty and useful. Probably would not buy for listed price.

                            Nancy
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            cute, but way too expensive for a simple cute pouch.

                            Javon
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Very cute! Make a great gift for a teen girl or for storing your makeup.

                            Claire
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Too expensive.

                            Melanie
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I think that are beautiful, fairly priced and would make a wonderful gift (to myself also!) I really appreciate the story behind them which is also why I think they are fairly priced.

                            Tracey
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            They are really beautiful and would make lovely gifts. Having said that, I knit, crochet and embroider and the price on these is just too high. Perhaps $24 for the circles and $28 for the flowers would be more in line with what people would be willing to spend

                            Stacey
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I love these! Great that they are make under fair trade practices. They are fairly pricey, but we are so used to cheap products, mass produced in China (and then complain about things being made in China), that we don't have a real understanding of what things actually cost if made individually with sustainable materials. Bravo for potentially offering this!

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                            Thanks, Stacey! We're glad you love these colorful pouches. Results on this item are coming soon.

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