Handmade in Kenya, this bag is made from recycled materials by marginalized communities of women, with the support of the International Trade Center's Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nations.
The Ethical Fashion Program supports the work of over 7000 women who live in conditions of extreme poverty but who have a strong desire to improve their lives. Through the programme's extensive network, some of the poorest people in the world now have access to a job and income that subsequently benefits the entire community. All women involved in Vivienne Westwood's Ethical Fashion Africa collection are empowered by the pride they take in their work and new skills learnt.
Due to the nature of the recycled fabrics used in the making of this bag they will have some marks, from their former life, and slight variations in colour from the image shown.
Orbs are made by hand, variations in their appearance is down to the artisan nature of these pieces and should be seen for its craftsmanship rather than a defect.
The recycling of advertising banners leads to less burning of unused awnings in Africa and is a positive step for the future of our environment.