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Hand Embroidered & Beaded Purse
$76.00

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This hand-embroidered purse from India's Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya gives you a wearable work of art with centuries-old history and contemporary embellishments that honor India's past and present.

The first time I saw the work of the Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya (Art Preservation Institute), from Kutch, India, I was drawn in by their striking blend of traditional embroidery styles with contemporary embellishments.  In talking with Judy Frater, the project director for the Institute, she explained that her artisans are thoroughly trained in traditional embroidery styles but once these are mastered they are also encouraged to innovate fresh concepts that honor their roots.  It was this dual purpose of cultural preservation coupled with beautiful modern interpretation that made this a must-have for the VirtuArte collection.  And when I learned that the decades-old Institute has sustained the local economies of seven communities by training and work with many hundreds of embroiderers since its founding I felt compelled to share their story, art and culture with the world.

This piece of this wearable art is based on the traditional gupchi, an envelope shaped bag, which is part of a woman's dowry.  The contemporary embellishments coupled with historical perspective make this purse work equally well with casual or evening wear, and invariably earn you questions and compliments in either setting.

  • Cotton, cotton thread, glass beads, mirrors
  • Color: Orange, beige, olive green, brown, gold
  • Length: 7 1/2 inches, Width: 7 3/4 inches
  • Hand embroidered
  • Shoulder strap
  • Hand wash
  • Made in India
  • Shipped from the US within 48 hours of purchase

Product SKU: KR-2701o

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Artist Kala Raksha
Country India
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