Open Road Tote
Availability: In stock
Item #: 105936
Approximately 14" deep by 17" wide. Throw all of your goodies in this canvas tote that is perfect for travel or everyday wear! Made of poly-cotton blend with a leather strap. This tote is available in black, navy blue or deep green. Please request your preferred color and we will do our best to honor your choice. Handcrafted in India, every bag supports at-risk and rescued women.
Where this product came from
Although caste discrimination was made illegal in India long ago, an age-old mindset is not easily cut from the fabric of the culture. Many of India’s poorest citizens are still considered “untouchable” and confined to the most grueling and laborious jobs. Without education or status, some are tricked into lives of slavery or resort to selling themselves in the red-light districts. Reaching into these marginalized communities, Woven Works offers dignity and hope through employment at high-end coffee shops and a thriving clothing factory. Dedicated to the highest quality service and product, Woven Works is equally dedicated to the well-being of its employees, offering safe and healthy working conditions along with fair wages. Skilled and unskilled workers flourish alongside professionals, whether driving a truck, managing an office, creating coffee drinks, or designing colorful fabrics and clothing. Once unwanted and unwelcomed, these men and women now thrive in an environment where they are well treated and highly valued. When you purchase their handcrafted accessories, you invest in their dignity, hope, and healing.
Dipak can’t read and doesn’t want to. Too many times, he’s been cheated and tricked by those who can read and write. For Dipak, education is a sign of High Caste, a people group that actively excludes and despises him. His “untouchable” status forced him to move away at a young age to find work. Far from home, he spent his days driving a rickshaw across town, but the money wasn’t enough. His family’s mounting medical bills sunk them further into poverty. While visiting family members in the hospital, Dipak was approached by a Woven Works manager. He soon found the Woven Works community rallying around him, determined to see his family thrive. Today, Dipak is a valued member of the Woven Works community. Working hard in the café, he offers joy, inspiration, and good-natured advice to those around him. The scars of the caste system have long since been left behind, with empowerment and dignity taking their place.