For a limited time I’ve marked down all our gorgeous bags from Indonesia. They’re sewn by women who survived the devastating tsunami of 2004 in the region of Banda Aceh. While the media has long turned their eye away from this area since the tsunami, life continues to be a challenge as communities struggle to rebuild. The local economy especially is still especially shaky but manufacture of these incredible bags provides a living income for several dozen women in the area.
Nurali (above) is one of the women who supports her family sewing handbags
using traditional Acehnese embroidery designs.
Some of my favorites from the Indonesian collection
A close-up view of the incredible detail of the embroidery. No computerized machinery is used. The women sew the embroidery freestyle with old-fashioned foot-powered sewing machines.