A purse made by a cooperative of Vietnamese artisans
Stripes, diamonds and bands of floral are hand-stitched into a textile making this compact, fair-trade purse a small and elegant bag. The long shoulder strap and zip closure keeps it practical, so it can go from from day to night, from work to play.
The rich surface texture of the precise handwork exemplifies the culture of Vietnamese textiles. Meticulous pattern, hand-stitched in rich tones, contrasts with the back cotton fabric. 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 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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