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#SustainableSunday with Mahisi...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Indonesia is a country to which I have never been, but would most definitely love to visit.  The more I learn about it, the more my wanderlust is piqued.  Something that has recently, quite seriously, increased my desire to visit the island country is this new clutch from Mahisi.  

Mahisi, which means "queen" in Sanskrit, is a fair trade company that produces all of their unique products on the islands of Indonesia.  Everything is made locally, mainly by women, who use traditional artisanal methods.  This Rai bag, which can be worn as a clutch, belt bag, or as a cross body bag, was totally hand-tooled and beaded by women in Bali.  

I carried it out to the desert to give it a backdrop that I imagine is quite different from the scenery from where it was created, but I've also carried it out to dinner and ended up with a ton of compliments.  Something that I love about this particular piece is that it is incredibly visually interesting and it invites comments.  These comments are just another way to open the door to discussions about ways that we can shift our shopping habits to support companies that genuinely support the people that make their products.  While fast fashion is still prevalent in the mainstream market, it is companies like Mahisi that are doing their part to play a role in creating long-lasting artisanal products that truly do improve the lifestyles of their makers, and for that, I am grateful! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the bag is handmade and fair trade
: the sunnies are made of sustainable wood
: the tank and trousers were thrifted
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the bracelets are handmade

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