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* Utilitarian-chic backpack rarely detailed with bold vintage tribal art â?Classy ethnic twist to an everyday accessory! *
* One piece ONLY, a rare art collectible - Artistically handcrafted and hand-decorated with rare piece of Miao Antique Embroidery Costume by Miao lady artisans *
* 100% Ox Leather â?Luxurious and reliable, back-safe *
* 100% HANDMADE IN SOUTHWEST CHINA, NOT FACTORY MASS PRODUCED *
* A unique chance to help our social mission to improve the livelihood of marginalised ethnic minorities and preserve their cultural heritage! *
Go back to backpack with our fabulous line! Each piece is uniquely handcrafted and finely hand decorated with a different piece of antique Miao embroidery Costume dress as old as fifty years by the work of Miao ethnic ladies, unique keepers of the traditional craftsmanship. Featuring the typically bold abstract patterns of Miao embroidery, playfully lighting up the dark neutral surface, each fashionable item merges the practicality of a multi-purpose backpack with the luxury of leather texture and the originality of a tribal design.
Keen to add some personality to your casual outfit? Roomy and comfortable, this slouchy backpack comes with classic shoulder straps to keep your hands free. The intricate abstract patterns animate the bag in electric colour clashes for a uniquely vibrant visual effect. The versatile and eye-catching appeal of this piece gives a fresh glow to your on-duty neutral look. Try it also with a jeans jacket and a pleated midi skirt for a shabby chic effect. If you ever get tired of this awesome bag, we wonât take it personally: but remember to unstitch your unique Miao embroidery cloth to make an exclusive wall decoration out of it!
Each bag is originally created by the talented Miao women living in the Guizhou Province, Southwest China. With a history of over 5,000 years, Miao textile art enchants the world with its exceptionally rich and beautiful texture, sought after internationally by private collectors and Museum as a rare collectible. Today, it is at risk of disappearance due to the increasing migration of Miao youth to the city. Including over 14 different stitching techniques, Miao embroidery art is learnt by women around the age of six years and is featured in the minorityâs daily and formal apparel still today, from birth to marriage. Intricate abstract patterns come to life in the distinctively vivid colour contrasts, representing natural elements, such as animals, stars and landscape, or geometric auspicious symbols.
An originally nomadic people without a written language, Miao have been using textile art to record their history, mythology and ancestral stories. Named cultural relic by the United Nations, the Chinese Government aligned with UNESCO enlisted Miao Costume in the national Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006 for its contribution to cultural diversity and human creativity.
Measurement: 12.6 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch
Material: Ox leather and suede lining
With this purchase you are contributing to our great cause! Interact China is a social enterprise committed to the mission of improving the quality of life of marginalised ethnic minorities and preserving their cultural heritage by promoting their products worldwide. We travel around China and Southeast Asia to work directly with the local artisans and bring their beautiful handicrafts directly at your door. A big thank you for supporting us!