holga leaf basket tote

by HSSS artisans
Handmade
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Pack Up and Leaf

Stow your personal cargo in this handwoven tote bag, as you carry with you the exotic shores of Bangladesh. The sturdy, woven cords are made the fibrous leaves of the holga tree, resulting in a bag that is naturally durable, and that holds its shape for easy filling. The Fair Trade tote is woven and assembled by artisans in Bangladesh, providing sustainable employment and development in rural areas. For you, the tote makes a faithful companion for shopping, picnics, and traveling with children.

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Handmade
Item ID
20324
Made from
holga leaf
Measurements
17"L x10" H x 12" Depth
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HSSS artisans

HSSS is a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. It is composed mainly of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training and health related issues. The hardships that these people go through include physical handicaps, illiteracy, extreme poverty, entrapment in lower castes, lack of knowledge about trade and markets, among others.

The artisans don't have knowledge of marketing skills and have many barriers to access international trade. However, they are very skilled in making wooden products and are committed to quality, so production is not a problem for them. Therefore, Fair Trade mostly helps them find a market and promote their products.

HSSS respects environmental values and for that they arrange to only use wood from the forest quota given by the government of India (which sells the wood of dead trees). When it comes to the advancement of the people, the organization is taking several steps for the betterment of the artisans. They have created self help groups for the artisans and also organize several exhibitions for promoting their art to increase their market opportunities.

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