Bags and purses

Since October 2014 we have started supporting indigenous groups in the Chittagong Hilltracts, a Southeastern part of Bangladesh. There are many communites, and each has an unique traditional pattern. Unfortunately, their lifestyle and crafts are being threatened by social and economic changes. By supporting these groups we hope to raise awareness of their situation. 

We buy the weavings, and our production unit Shuktara uses the fabric to make bags and purses, combined with leather. 

tribal fabric and leather
tribal fabric and leather

screen printed jute
screen printed jute

recycled cotton backpack
recycled cotton backpack

tribal fabric and leather
tribal fabric and leather

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Jewellery

These friendship bracelets are 100% handmade by the artisans of Baghda Enterprise. They buy the raw material (jute or hemp), wash it, comb it several times and then spin it into fine twine. With different types of macramé knots and beads, the artisans create colourful and special designs. 

In Torulota, another workshop of Prokritee, artisans have learned how to use copper to make earrings. With natural and coloured kaisa grass they make different designs and sizes for the earrings.

friendship bracelets
friendship bracelets

earrings, crochet
earrings, crochet

earring
earring

friendship bracelets
friendship bracelets

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Natural soap

Sacred Mark Enterprises was established to provide alternative employment for former sex workers. The stories of these women involve abuse, victimization, trauma and pain. These vulnerabilities had forced them into a life we shudder to imagine. 

Sacred Mark makes handmade luxurious soaps out of 100% natural ingredients and colourants. The primary oils used are coconut and palm oil. Most of Sacred Mark’s soaps are mildly scented with essential oils, but we also offer an unscented variety. 

natural soap
natural soap

natural soap, different sizes
natural soap, different sizes

sealing the soap package
sealing the soap package

natural soap
natural soap

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Batik fabric

The artisans at Bonoful in Mymensing have recently been trained in the art of making batik dyed fabric. There is a technician to weld the metal stamps in any design and a workshop to print and dye the fabric, which can be in bright colours or the natural tones of vegetable dye.

 

batik fabric
batik fabric

batik fabric
batik fabric

batik fabric
batik fabric

batik fabric
batik fabric

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Shawls

We continue to support the indigenous group of people who live in the hills of Chittagong. With this support we hope to raise awareness of their situation, as they are economically underdeveloped.

We also want to show our appreciation for their beautiful, intricate designs made with back strap looms.

These shawls display tose intricate traditional patterns. The woolen offer warmth and beautiful patterns, while the cotton option allows sjawls to be woven with even more intricate detail. 

woolen shawl
woolen shawl

woolen shawl
woolen shawl

cotton weaving
cotton weaving

woolen shawl
woolen shawl

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