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Applique Artisan Group The art of needlework

Kailash bahan (yellow saree) and Ganeshi bai (pink saree, extreme right) are part of a 272 member all-women cooperative in western Rajasthan. They have learned the art of hand appliqué from fellow village women and can now teach this art to many other women.

The artisans are distributed over the region in various desert villages. Women from distant villages come once a week to the cooperative office, submit their products and collect more raw materials to work on in their homes. Profits from this art help the overall development of the group; this region now has medical centers providing basic health services, solar electricity, evening schools for kids and vocational colleges for women.

SETU-The Bridge to Artisans has an ongoing commitment to provide this group of artisans with electricity. Since these villages are in remote areas, they don’t receive basic services such as potable water or electricity. Our goal is to provide each house with a solar panel to produce enough electric power to illuminate their homes at night. Please see our social development projects page to learn more.

Tree of Life Applique Bag

These are messenger bags with symbolic, hand appliquéd motifs on the front flap. This particular series is comprised of the Tree of Life. It is a quilted bag with a big...

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Peace Appliqued Bags

These are messenger bags with symbolic, hand appliquéd motifs on the front flap. The series is comprised of three motifs: Peace, Skull and The Tree of Life. It is a quilted...

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Skull Applique Bag

These messenger-style bags have hand-appliqued skulls in them. The skull is one single piece of fabric, carefully appliqued by artisans in India. It is a quilted bag with a big pocket...

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Applique Shoulder Bags

These beautiful bags have appliqued shapes on the front, the back and even the straps. There are two base colors: Blue and Rust (a brownish-orange color). The appliqued patterns are...

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Color bonanza cushion cover

These cushion covers are made by hand-blocking the motifs using 100% natural (vegetable) dyes. The fabric used is made from locally grown, locally sourced cotton. Small running stitches embellishes the...

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Cutwork Applique Cushion Covers

These cushion covers are made by intricate cutwork and applique art. The combination of solid and sheer fabrics give them a textured feel.

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Sun & Moon Applique Cushion Covers

These cushion covers are made by intricate cutwork and applique art. The combination of solid and sheer fabrics give them a textured feel and an elegant look. 2 designs: Sun...

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Cutwork Cushion Covers

These pillows are made using 100% natural dyes. The motifs are hand blocked with a wooden block. The whole dyed fabric is then carefully appliqued on to another fabric. Small...

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Tree of Life Applique Cushion Cover

These cushion covers are made from locally sourced, locally grown natural cotton. A tree of life is hand appliqued in the center. The applique fabric used was first hand blocked...

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Applique – Batik placemats

These beautiful fairly traded place mats are made by combining two different art forms. The fabric is first printed using a “Batik” technique and then embellished hand appliquéing some motifs...

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Natural Dyes Tree of Life Wall Hanging

This is a new version of our traditional Tree of Life Wall Hangings. The base is made of Organic Cotton, and the artwork is hand appliqued from a single piece...

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Tree of Life Wall Hanging

An ancient art form takes on new significance in this striking wall hanging. Traditionally painted on mud walls, villagers in India adapt the time-honored style of Mandana folk art to create...

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Tree of Life Tote

Following along the lines of our iconic Tree of Life products, these totes are hand appliqued and boast fresh, energetic colors. With multiple zipped pockets on the inside and a...

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Sure Applique Bag

Colorful and trendy, these mid-size totes make a cheerful accessory. The flower designs are hand-stiched using an applique technique and the bags are attached wide, useful straps.
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Tree of Life Tote Bags

These new additions to our collection are perfect colors and light-weight material for springtime. Coming in both a vibrant blue with a green sewn-on tree of life and a green...

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Cutwork Messenger Bags

Intricate applique on front flap. Functional pockets inside with adjustable strap. 100% cotton.

SIZE: 14 1/2" x 12" x 2 1/2"

MATERIALS: Cotton

Terra Cotta: VKB 306

Taupe: VKB 307

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Kaila Appliqué Duffel – Coral

Finally, a sturdy duffel bag with artisan-made flair! Our exclusive design features cutwork appliqué on stone-washed canvas and block-print lining in coordinating color. No detail missed -- even the zippers...

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Kaila Appliqué Duffel – Sky

Finally, a sturdy duffel bag with artisan-made flair! Our exclusive design features cutwork appliqué on stone-washed canvas and block-print lining in coordinating color. No detail missed -- even the zippers...

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Kaila Appliqué Duffel – Shadow

Finally, a sturdy duffel bag with artisan-made flair! Our exclusive design features cutwork appliqué on stone-washed canvas and block-print lining in coordinating color. No detail missed -- even the zippers...

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