"Aroma" Coffee-Brown Pouch - New!
"Aroma" is the latest addition to our handy small bag collection. It is a versatile, extremely convenient dark coffee-colored pouch. With three separate zippered compartments, it will keep you super-organized. It comes with two straps, one long in case you want to sling it cross-body, and one short and sturdy, if you want to carry it.
Adorned with striking hand-crafted embroidery on the front, made by our hard-working Hmong village ladies.
It is a little larger than our small "Adventurous" pouch, and is perfect for travel - just throw in everything you need - keys, cash, coins, phone, and ID. It is large enough to accommodate even the larger smart phones.
We can't think of anything handier! You've got to get one!
Bag measures: 7" X 4.5" X 2" approximately
"Aster" Hand-embroidered Luggage Strap
We know the routine: waiting at the airport conveyor belt and wondering if that black suitcase is yours...again and again....
You'll never have to wonder again, with our beautiful hand-embroidered, distinctive luggage straps: you will spot your bags a mile away! And reduce the chance that someone else will walk off with your suitcase. No one else will have one like our Aster luggage straps - guaranteed!
Makes the perfect thoughtful and useful gift your recipient will thank you for, over and over again. With each one you buy, for yourself or someone else, you also know you're helping a needy woman earn a living with her own hands.
They come in several beautiful, unmistakable designs, with sturdy fasteners. (The magenta is the only one we don't have a picture of yet: it is a bright magenta-lilac color).
Straps are standard luggage sized, fully adjustable: 83" long, 1.8" wide
On sale $ 12.00 - $ 15.00 $ 10.00 - $ 12.00
"Award" Kid's and Mom's Aprons
$ 12.00 $ 10.00
Award yourself a prize for your culinary skills with these delightful, high-quality aprons! Adult apron is medium (women's size), in black, with hand-made cross-stitch adornment in colors and the award decoration and words in the front.
Neck and belt-strap are one continuous piece and therefore adjustable to a number of body sizes. Handy pockets in front. Made of very good quality fabric.
Pairs beautifully with our "Best Help" little kids' apron, also in black, made to match Mom's. Here's a village little girl proudly showing off her Mom's handiwork, wearing the Best Help apron!
Adult: Length: 28" (excluding neck strap) Width: 25.5" (approximately)
Kid's: Extra small, for Mom's tiny helpers. Length: 22.5" (excluding neck strap) Width: 17.5" (approximately)
On sale $ 15.00 $ 10.00
$ 15.00 $ 10.00
This handy little clutch purse with zip closure sits perfectly in the palm of your hand. With royal-purple and lilac cross-stitch on a hand-made batik fabric background, this is your perfect companion for running errands with. An amazing amount of delicate handiwork on a small purse!
One side has a sturdy zip closure to keep your coins in. The other opens up with a button-down flap to hold your dollar bills and credit cards.
The zip also has a large keyhole to attach your keys.
At $10, it's a super-value. You won't want to leave home without it!
Measures 5 1/2" X 4" X 1 1/2" approximately.
"Birchwood" Unisex Messenger Bag
We are excited about our second unisex bag! This ultra-cool vertical, ethnic cross-body bag is sturdy and functional, too. We can see it holding your tablet or even one of the smaller laptops. It comes in a quality rough-feel, dark fabric, has a secure zip top, comfortable adjustable strap, lining, zipped inner pocket AND a zipped outer pocket on the back.
The design on the front flap is completely unique: hand-made and hand-dyed Hmong fabric, with two columns of subtle hand-created designs on each side. In true Hmong ethnic fashion, it comes with colored pom-pom style tassels, but you can easily snip these off if you don't want them. You can be sure no one else has anything like this - totally unique, totally you.
The two variations we have are very similar:
Birchwood Red has the hand-made design edge in red (as shown in picture). Birchwood God has the same edge in a subtler yellow (we do not have a picture as yet). Pom-pom tassels vary in color on each bag.
Bag dimensions: 12.2" x 10" x 2" depth. Strap: 58.3" long and 1.2" wide.
On sale $ 35.00 $ 28.00
$ 35.00 $ 28.00
The "Blossom" very small sling bag (just a little larger than a foot-rule) is designed with three beautifully hand cross-stitched pieces to create a blossom-like effect. Reminiscent of spring and new hope.
Stylish, yet highly functional. Two-zippered pockets and a pocket without zipper in front. An additional zippered pocket in the back. Comes in two colors.
Teens love it as a substitute for a regular ladies' handbag. Everyone else finds it perfect for a quick trip out - throw your car keys, small purse, make-up essentials and a bottle of water - and you're off!
Size: 13" X 9" X 3"
Longest length of strap: 22"
"Bluebell" Batik-Denim Mini-Bag
We absolutely LOVE this bag!
Stylish, one-of-a-kind, and totally you! This denim mini-bag with a sassy, short handle has a blue hand-made batik patch across the front with matching hand-created cross-stitch work in blue. Don't be deceived by the mini-bag label - there is plenty of room for everything you need: your largest smart phone, keys, a wallet, handy cosmetics, and anything else you want to take along.
Zip top, and zip pocket inside.
Happiness in a handy bag - for you, and for needy women half a world away, who make a living creating the handiwork.
Bag dimensions: 12 - 13" (about one foot wide) X 6" height
$ 35.00 - $ 40.00
Our very popular backpack! Made of high-quality denim with an eye-catching patch of hand-made cross-stitch and rare hand-made hemp batik fabric. High on convenience and style.
Zippered pocket at the back, buttoned-down flap with decorative patch, another zippered pocket under flap, zippered main compartment, and more pockets and flaps inside, enough to keep you well-organized. Extremely sturdy, yet comfortable back-straps. Additional handy short strap on top, so you can also use it as a carry-bag.
Our customers find it perfect as a gym bag or just a perfect, stylish bag that goes everywhere with them!
Since the patch is hand-made, there are slight differences in colors and designs, but will be pretty close to the pictures here (red, brown, pink (few), dark, and the ever-popular salmon are now back in stock). Hemp batik is blue-and-white for all of them.
Bag measures 17" high and 14" wide, approximately. Each strap is 15.5" long.
On sale $ 20.00 $ 18.00
"Charming" Tubular Cross-Stitch Pendant and Chain
$ 20.00 $ 18.00
This unusual, charming, pendant is sure to catch the eye when you're wearing it. It is tube-shaped with very fine cross-stitch work, predominantly in red with blue, green, white, and yellow accents.
You can imagine village women bending over to see better, in order to do the work. Every pendant is unique as it's hand-made.
It comes on a medium-length, smooth, quality silver-colored metal chain. Length when hanging - about 10 inches.
Pendant is typically 1 3/4"
We are phasing out our jewelry line, so there are only a handful of pieces left. Get them before they're gone!
"Coachwood" Mini Cross-body Bag
Coachwood is one of our more unusual small multi-functional bags. Perfect for you (men or ladies) if you need to be hands-free, but don't want your pockets weighed down with clunky keys, phones, pens, earphones, and IDs. Throw them all into this very sturdy bag.
The bag is black and has a long adjustable shoulder strap, a main zippered compartment with an additional zippered front pocket (with a blue pattern on the front). The back is an extended flap with another zip pocket.
Perfect for tourists or travelers and everyone one with a busy day ahead and errands to run. Sling it over your shoulder and be on your way!
Knowing that your purchase helps poor villagers make a living will give your day an added boost!
Bag is 9" X 6". The back flap adds another 5" height.
Strap: Adjustable length - 55.5"
"Cottonwood" Unisex Messenger Bag
Our first unisex bag! Just arrived! This is a sturdy, functional messenger bag, large enough to hold an iPad plus a few notebooks for class. The bag comes in basic black and the front of the bag is decorated with subtle cross-stitch and a very special hand-made hemp batik fabric in denim blue.
It has a main top zipper opening, two front zipper pockets, and one front zipper pocket covered by a front flap. Very strong and functional to keep you super-organized, in school or out-and-about. Feeling great, and helping the world.
Bag dimensions: 13.2" x 10.4" x 3.1"
Strap: 1.6" x 55.5" (complete length, adjustable)
Our latest fashion arrival! These beautiful elegant long scarves in nature-inspired colors, trimmed with subtle, intricate, carefully-crafted hand-embroidery, representing countless hours of work by our village ladies. We have them in five colors, each with subtly-matching trim.
A touch of ethnic chic that compliments you, and complements your style!
Scarf is about 76 inches long and 11 inches wide.
On sale $ 50.00 $ 38.00
$ 50.00 $ 38.00
This elegant, beautiful bag was re-designed for this year's collection. It is a medium dark chocolate-brown shoulder bag and has an elaborate purple/pink patch on front, highlighting unique fine-needlework embroidery, hand-stitched by Hmong tribals on superior "ethnic" sack cloth, considered luxurious by them. Zipper to open handbag; bronze-colored rings connect medium-sized handle to purse. Zippered hidden pocket on back, with more functional pockets inside. Each patch is slightly different in design, being handmade, and colors vary slightly too, from pink-ish, to reddish, to purple-ish. Bag is sure to dazzle!
Embroidered patches are designs traditionally found on Hmong skirts, and are used to express the individuality of each lady who wears them. Therefore, they vary somewhat on each purse.
Size: 10" X 13.5" X 4" (approx.)
Strap length: 11"
"Devotion" Ethnic Small Tote - last few!
$ 50.00 $ 45.00
This beautiful black square small tote comes with colored hand cross-stitch and hand-made hemp fabric bands - this is fast becoming a lost art among the Hmong villagers.
Not only is it beautiful, but it is also crafted to be highly functional, with two zippered pockets outside and one inside. There is one additional flap pocket inside and two outside. That's not all! There are two more flap pockets on the side. A very sturdy bag that will keep everything safe and secure, with a zip closure on top.
Bag measures 13" X 13" X 5". Handle length: about 11.5"
Grab this beautiful hand-created treasure before it is gone! Royal Purple is SOLD OUT. We have ONE in Dove-Gray.
*Sorry - other colors are sold out, and we do not expect to re-do this design*
On sale $ 25.00 - $ 50.00 $ 20.00 - $ 40.00
$ 25.00 $ 20.00
These fine cards have been painstakingly made by Hmong tribal women in Asia. They are hand-cut and hand-finished. They come in beautiful jewel-like designs and colors, are blank inside, and include high-quality, sturdy beige envelopes. They are available in sets of five and ten (a real value), and are so beautiful they can be framed, for enjoyment for years to come. Perfect for any festive season or occasion.
Thank you for reaching out to these ladies, thousands of miles away, with your purchase.
All cards are: 5" X 7"
Looking for a casual, medium bag that also does a world of good? Our Essence hand-embellished shoulder bag is your answer!
This is a medium bag in quality, sturdy black fabric, with a hand-created large green decorative cross-stitch and batik band in front. This beautiful pattern is mirrored at the back with a narrow decorative strip. Hand-made by village ladies making a living with their craft.
Multiple button and zip pockets, inside and out, on the side and back make it super-functional. Zip top. Beautiful and eye-catching.
Get one for yourself or someone else, and know that you're helping to make the world a better place for someone half a world away.