'POCHE' Handloom Cotton eco friendly Reversible Shopping Tote Bag
A fusion of Handloom Ikkat cotton fabric in plain 'pista green' and Kalamkari screen printed cotton fabric. Both fabrics were sourced direct by our designer on a study trip to rural India to understand local fabric production methods by artisans. This bag is reversible with Ikkat (pista green) on one side and Kalamkari print on the other side as shown in the pictures, you get 2 bags for the price of one!
Limited edition stock as the fabrics was sourced from the limited quantities from rural suppliers.
Ikkat - the yarns are dyed before weaving using resist dyeing techniques to make patterns on the fabric.
Kalamkari (Perisan derived word meaning pen and craftskills) is an ancient hand drawn print work with pen or 'kalam' however also referred to intricate block/screen printing work involving 17 steps originating from parts of India and Iran, an art form in decline as the handmade Kalamkari artisans compete with mass produced textiles. Sarees are also produced using Kalamkari methods.
The bag is light and is meant for gentle use. Print may be imperfect due to being handmade and the fuzzy print is due to the Ikkat weaving methods and is not a defect. For more information on Ikkat see Wikipedia and on Kalamkari see Wikipedia
Can be used as a shopping bag, tote bag, hand bag, library bag and of course your holiday trips as it can be flat packed into your handbag as pictured!
Care Instructions - Ikkat Cotton/Kalamkari Cotton - Handwash separately in cold water as colours will run for first few washes until it stabilizes which is expected due to resist dying techniques. Using a washing machine and dryer is NOT recommended.
Dimensions: 36cm width x 35cm height x 10cm depth (gusset), handles 30cm long
Dimensions: 14.1" width x 13.8" height x 3.9" depth (gusset), handles 11.8" long
Also available in alternate design MALETA
Designed by Thyli