A well traveled woman with an impressive collection of goods from her adventures, this is the look of the moment.
While I may consider myself a weekend warrior, hopping on a plane and really traveling to other parts of the world, well this isn’t part of my current reality (yet).
As the ethnic fashion trend grows and shopping the goods sans the globe-trotting becomes a reality, we must stay mindful of the source. The process is an important piece of the story. Grabbing the fast fashion version of an embellished, beaded, painted, woven piece . . . it’s easy and accessible, but at a price.
Even the most pedestrian of retailers are currently offering some interesting textile, handmade looking, seemingly special, artisinal ISH, or so you’re supposed to think.
As we shop the trend, lets avoid the mass produced version and take the time to find the real thing, because ethically sourced pieces don’t have the break the bank. Here’s a great example –Viajera Imports.
“Viajera,” meaning “Traveler” in Spanish, is the basis of my business, as well as my passion. With this particular collection, I work directly with female artisans in India to design and manufacture each piece. Rest assured that everyone involved in the process is treated fairly and these products are made with love. Each bag is handmade from Indian Dhurrie Rugs with hand block-printed, cotton lining and leather detail. Ethically-sourced labor and natural materials are always our top priority. I hope that by sharing these little tokens from my travels you are able to glimpse a piece of the incredibly colorful country located on the other side of the world, India.
I have two of the Dhurrie Bags by Viajera, both the weekender and the oversized clutch (above). Offered at an incredible price, these bags are well made and well loved by me. (And, I get non stop compliments!)
All Images: Cami Farcas