Mudcloth Passport Bag
Mudcloth Passport Bag
Handmade and hand decorated, these beautiful bags are perfect for carrying a few necessities (ID, some cash, lip balm, etc.) when running around somewhere beautiful and hot (like Africa), or just around your hometown.
American designer, Elaine Bellezza, founded Mali Chic in Mali in 1998.Elaine trained the local artisans in Mali to successfully design and produce their crafts. Mali Chic was started as a boutique and an exporter of ethnic Malian products.
In 2006 Elaine left the company under the ownership and supervision of five of her employees -- master craftsmen in Mali lead by Fatim Bouare. Fatim’s innate business sense and entrepreneurial skill has helped Mali Chic to grow into a successful business today. Currently, the organization has 14 employees and about 200 member artisans. The organization sells its products through a boutique store in Bamako city. Mali Chic has partnered with various international agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), West African Trade Hub and Aid to Artisans. Aligning with such agencies has helped Mali Chic to expand the reach of its handmade and fair trade products internationally. With increased demand for handmade and fairly traded products, Mali Chic has been able to contribute to social and economical development for its artisan members.
The organization strives to work closely with the artisans to produce high quality and unique products. The artisans have also learned to meet the increasing demands of the international as well as domestic market. Mali Chic adheres to the fair trade principles, the artisans work from home or in their own workshops, and this gives them the freedom to choose their work environment. Mali Chic is a fair wage organization and provides its artisans with an advance against orders. In addition to their three in-house production facilities, Mali Chic works with over 200 artisans groups across Mali. They use traditional and indigenous designs to create highly innovative and fresh fashion and home accessories.
We came across mudcloth on our recent to trip to Nairobi. We loved the look and the craftsmanship that went into these items. These great looking bags are perfect for carrying a few necessities (ID, some cash, lip balm, etc.) when running around some place beautiful and hot (like Africa), or just around your home town.
Our trip to Kenya was one of the major inspirations for starting YouHambo. Even our short visit gave us an opportunity to meet many amazing people, working hard to make their way in a land that has so many riches and yet, due to history or bad government, its people struggle with shocking poverty.
Unlined. 6" x 8", with 21" string strap