Boubacar Mudcloth "Bogolan" Passport Bag
Travel the world in international style with a passport bag as fundamentally unique as you are! Handmade in Mali, the "Balima" design mudcloth fabric is called bogolan in Bambara, the language of the Mande people of West Africa. The passport bags' decorative exterior is a traditional textile in Mali, and was made in the workshop of the world-renowned Boubacar Doumbia. Having reinvented and reinvigorated the mudcloth of Mali, Boubacar's designs grace museums worldwide.
The singular nature of the Boubacar Mudcloth "Bogolan" Passport Bag ensures that no two are identical -- please be aware that color and design will vary from bag to bag; product images are simply a representation. Colors are derived from all-natural sources, with the blacks and browns derived from different muds of the Niger River.
Pouch-style and featuring secure zipper closure and cotton-lined interior, bags are flat and measure approximately 8" T x 5.75" W (20.3 x 16.6 cm) with a 49" L (124.5 cm) cord shoulder strap. Bags are 100% cotton and are handmade in and fair-trade imported from Mali.
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June 24, 2013 - Perfect size for passports and boarding passes. Nice looking, ethical, easy to carry, find and wear. Happy purchase!
Artisan: Mali Chic
Mali Chic was founded by an American woman named Elaine Bellezza who trained employees in craft production and business practices for a number of years before she decided that it was time to leave Mali. Before departing, she decided to leave the company to her employees and rather than taking money for the shop, Elaine only asked her employees to promise to keep the shop going. Today, Mali Chic continues as a successful business that sells its wares internationally. Many of Mali Chic's artisans are trained on craft production in Bamako and given the opportunity to work in the workshop or from their own home. Employees are included in the decision making process during regular meetings where they discuss production, management and payment issues. Since Mali Chic began selling internationally, they've brought a lot of change and development to their community. Now that they have the means to employee more people, more money cycles back into the community, ensuring that children are well-fed, that they have the opportunity for an education, and that there is better health-care for all.
Artisan Moussa Coulibaly
Before finding work with Mali Chic, Moussa Coulibaly lived in a small village where he farmed with his father and mother. In an effort to find some sort of income after the rainy season had passed, Moussa would travel to the city of Bamako so the family could support themselves until the next fertile season. On one such journey, Moussa happened upon a great opportunity. While walking the streets of the city trying to sell his wooden baskets, Mali Chic's former owner drove by, stopped, and struck up a conversation with Moussa. Moussa was offered a job with Mali Chic and was trained in design and production of copper wire baskets. With Mali Chic, Moussa has found stability, opportunity, and a reliable income producing copper wire materials.
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