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Handcrafted Rectangular Patchwork Shoulder Bag from India, 'Cross of Colors'

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Handcrafted Rectangular Patchwork Shoulder Bag from India, 'Cross of Colors'

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Carrying on the tradition of Rabari embroidery, Pabiben celebrates the beauty of Indian craftsmanship. She crafts this shoulder bag of cotton, accented with colorful ribbon and trimmings that decorate its rectangular shape with an X. Little triangles accent the perimeter of the handbag. A magnetic snap at the top of the bag opens to a cotton lining in mahogany with an open pocket and a zipper pocket on the inside.

Made in India

  • 100% cotton with polyester trim; cotton lining
  • Hand wash only
  • Features a magnetic snap closure
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • 0.30 kgs
  • 0.7 lbs
  • Bag: 37 cm H x 30 cm W x 0.5 cm D
  • Bag: 14.5" H x 11.75" W x 0.2" D
  • Strap(s): 66 cm L x 3 cm W
  • Strap(s): 26" L x 1.2" W
  • Drop length: 31 cm from strap to bag
  • Drop length: 12.25" from strap to bag
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Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Pabiben Rabari from India.

 

Meet the Artist

Pabiben Rabari

"To keep the Rabari embroidery tradition alive, I started one of the first artisan enterprises to help women become independent and empower them to shape their own future."

"I am Pabiben Rabari and I'm from the Gujarat district of Kutch, which is celebrated for its art, crafts, music, dance... and people. As a child, I could not attend school, since my mother was a young widow who needed help to raise three girls. As the eldest, I helped mother take care of my sisters.

"In our community, women embroider for themselves and the family. I learned the crafts but, before I could complete my own dowry, the elder council of the community banned its use completely, because they believed women spent too much time working, which led to late marriages.

"Professional embroidery was allowed. I joined a women's professional embroidery group in 1998, and soon became known as a master artisan. I also searched for a way to solve the design problem of how to remain decorative without breaking the community rules.

"I came up with a new art form to apply appliqué to ready-made elements, which we called hari jari. The word means 'vibrant colorful works.' I used a dazzling combination of trims and ribbons, which hadn't been done before in my hometown. Mastering this art with enthusiasm, I used it to make a shopping bag. It was an instant hit and was christened the PabiBag. This design has appeared in Hollywood and Bollywood films.

"I began my workshop with a group of 50 women and I divide the workload according to their interests and age. I've trained young artisans who create the hari jari work and stitch well. I provide them with materials, so they can work from home, take care of their families, and make a final finished item themselves. For the older women artisans, whose eyesight is not as clear but who are still interested in this traditional craft, I provide them with appliqué work.

"To keep the Rabari embroidery tradition alive, I started one of the first artisan enterprises to help women become independent and empower them to shape their own future and those of their families. I aim to help women create their identity through their artistic talent.

"I'm very happy to have made changes in lives of Rabari women through my mission for social enterprise. My vision is to develop entrepreneurship among women artisans to strengthen their social and economic status and provide a platform to allow them to choose, use their maximum creativity in their work, to have dreams and fulfill them. I want women to have self respect and be recognized for their work."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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BUST / CHEST

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WAIST

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LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.

SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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