Square Purse with Tassles
This cute little purse is big enough to carry everything you need for the day! The purse has a zippered main compartment that opens to a lined interior with a zippered pocket and two additional pockets which are great for storing keys or a cell phone. One side of the purse has plain fabric with no pockets, and the other side has a zippered compartment with an additional pocket on it and a pocket on the top of the panel. The zippers have tassles to add a pop of fun to the purse, and the fabric strap is adjustable.
Purse measurements: Approximately 10" wide and 10" high.
This fair trade purse was a collaboration between two artisan groups, La Estrella and Ruth and Nohemi. La Estrella is a group of eight Kaqchiquel Mayan weavers from the rural community of ChuaCruz, Guatemala. The artisan group was formed in the early 1980's in order to support the widows who lost their husbands during the Civil War. They work on backstrap & foot looms.
Ruth and Nohemi was founded in 1986 after the bombings in the community of Chontala, near Chichicastenango by a Methodist pastor and tailor. By using the weaving from the war widows and by teaching their sons to sew, the whole family benefited. The boys received scholarships to attend school, and the widows received improvements to their homes and were able to send their children to school with their increased income. This group supports several artisan groups and community projects with the profits from the sale of their products.