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Fabric and Leather Handbag, handmade from Tanzania


Bogolan textiles (sometimes called mudcloth) or “bogolanfini,” is Bamakan for “cloth made of earth”.  In origin, the mud cloths of Mali are protective garments - their striking arrangements are designed to confuse and cast-out harmful spirits. The designs are characterized by geometric patterns rendered in richly textured black, brown and yellow fabrics.

These handsome purses are made from hand-dyed and printed folk fabrics, Tanzanian-produced leather, safari-grade canvas lining and customized brass hardware, by skilled craftswomen in Tanzania.  A portion of each sale is returned to African classrooms for school supplies.

These handbags feature two inside pockets and a snap closure. Bag falls about  21 inches from the top of the handle. Bag measures 10 in x 7 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in.

Because each purse is handmade, items may vary from those depicted.