Small Cross-Stitch Toiletry Bag in Navy
This small toiletry bag makes traveling more stylish. The compact size is perfect for your daily essentials and favorite products. The flexible organic cotton canvas, with a hand embroidered cross stitch, is designed to easily fit into an overnight bag, purse or tote.
Handmade by an Anchal Artisan in Ajmer, India
8"l x 3"w x 5"h
Rust with white thread or Navy
1 layer of 100% certified organic cotton canvas; canvas lined
- Features gold zipper closure, exterior zip pocket and tabs for easy zipping
- Features hand-stitched name of artisan maker
- Spot clean only
Anchal Project started with two sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines, who lead the organization by placing design and collaboration at the center of Anchal’s practice.
It all started in a design studio. Colleen Clines was taking a graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design that took her on a trip to India in 2009. Through local leadership, Colleen was introduced to the exploitive world of the commercial sex trade and the lack of opportunity for women in the community. It was in this moment she was inspired to design more than beautiful landscapes, she was determined to collaborate with the NGO using design.
While Colleen was scheming ways to collaborate with the amazing women she’d met in India, her sister Maggie was in college working on conscious architecture projects -discovering creative ways to repurpose a retired uranium facility. Maggie and Colleen would trade stories on their design experiences and wonder how they could unite their passions.
After returning home, Colleen and her classmates raised $400 by selling handmade notebooks and notecards. They used the funds to purchase a sewing machine, sewing instruction, materials and a stipend for the first collective of artisans.
In 2010, Anchal officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit and we expanded the project by partnering with Vatsalya, an NGO in Ajmer, India. In 2012, Maggie joined her sister to co-lead Anchal.
“We felt compelled to take the project beyond the classroom with the conviction that our design training, in collaboration with local leadership, could address seemingly intractable social and environmental systems. The women we met became our sisters, sisters we had to fight for.” - Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO