En Shalla Tote Bag with Tan Plush Stripes
A beautiful tote bag made of recycled materials with different textures and finishes. Colors of tan, white, cream and gold. Measuring approximately 16 x 14 x 7 inches. Inside zippered pocket. Leather handles.
About En Shalla / Foodbag.Foundation:
Over the last 4 years En Shalla has worked on a project embroidering recycled food bags in and outside Marrakech, Morocco.
En Shalla works with recycled plastic bags that would have originally been used to carry industrial quantities of rice, couscous, flour and other commodity foods.
The bags are hand embroidered weaving different materials through the plastic grid like squares on the outside of the sacs. Due to the nature of the design and the way it is constructed it enables us to reproduce different patterns in a pixel like format on a blank canvas each season.
The bags are turned inside out so the original design is still on the inside of the bag. This lets the client know what the bag’s original use was and adds a sense of romance to the story.
They work with women groups in rural areas in and around Marrakech
The first initial design for each bag is made in their own factory where they have a group of artisans who work for them. They then take the bag to villages outside the city where they reproduce the design.
This firstly gives them a sense of achievement, makes them feel good about themselves and also puts a little money in their pockets.
En Shalla Food Bag project charity
We have now decided to form a charity in Morocco where we will concentrate on educating people in and around these villages in Marrakech.
We want to help people to learn to read and write, as these are fundamental aspects of human life that everybody should be given the opportunity to have. We will start doing this by using part of the profits from our Food bag project to send a tutor to different villages, buying pens and paper and giving lessons in basic reading and writing skills.
‘Don’t waste create & educate’