A fair-trade purse with cross-body strap handmade by a cooperative of Vietnamese artisans
Gold and crimson threads are hand-stitched into a delicate and bold textile. The compact size of this simple purse is no indication of the amount it can carry, which is plenty. We love the long strap that works cross-body and use this bag for easy, hands-free outings like hikes, concerts and bicycle rides.
Vietnam culture has a rich history of embroidery and textiles. Embroidery remains a significant craft in Vietnamese villages and the tradition of ancient designs and methods continues to be passed down from generation to generation. The sale of this item helps develop sustainable communities by providing income while maintaining their cultural traditions.
Red Dao, named for the indigenous people of northern Vietnam, is an enterprise founded by Ly Ta May, a textile artisan and community leader. Based in the mountain village of Taphin, she works to bring her village’s goods to an international audience by selling at local markets as well as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Red Dao channels her passion to help her community thrive and maintain its distinct culture. The business practices of Red Dao support her family as well as the women in her village.
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