Kalamkari Raíces Cotton Tote Bag 40x40cm India - AlterNativa3


Kalamkari Raíces Cotton Tote Bag 40x40cm India

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Cotton bags made in India by the Fairtrade organization Fair Gift. Made using the traditional method Kalamkari.

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100% cotton tote bags.

– Made in India by the Fair-Trade organization Fair Gift.
Fair Gift: it’s a Fairtrade cooperative from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state in India, which since 2013, are dedicated to the production of handcrafts and textiles.

– By buying this bag, you are providing the women who made them with better life conditions thanks to its work.

– Kalamkari: the bags are made with the Kalamkari technique, an ancestral stamping technique. Only 100% natural inks are used. The word Kalamkari comes from the Turkish word “kalam” which means “quill”, the tool used to make this complex designs.

The colours are obtained by boiling different plants, its roots, its stems or its flowers, depentind on the colour that is needed. There is only one exception that does not come from the plants: the black colour, which is extracted from iron.

The fabrics are hand-painted with the help of a feather (kama) o with the woodcut method. The outline and designs are drawn with a bamboo tip wet in a mix of fermented jagré and water; and then the vegetable inks are applied one by one.
After each colour, the kalamkari is washed, so each piece of fabric can be washed up to 20 times.
The whole process takes around 40 days.

-Practical: they fold inside the smallest bag to carry it comfortably with you always.

-Reusable and eco-friendly.

Fair trade is an effective tool for eradicating the poverty and inequality generated by conventional international trade. Working for gender equity, eradicating child labor and paying a decent price to the people who grow our ingredients, who organize themselves into cooperatives and make decisions in a democratic way.


Our cooperative is committed to social responsibility policies in all areas: with producing cooperatives, maintaining long-term relationships; with the consumer, offering the highest quality and transparency; and internally, with family reconciliation policies, team decision-making, environmentally sustainable environment, and gender equity. Working at AlterNativa3 allows us to be part of building a better reality where people are above economic benefit.

The producing cooperatives cultivate the products following traditional techniques respectful with the environment. In the subsequent elaboration, no chemical components or artificial additives are used, which are harmful to health and nature.

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