SHAKILA bag. This is an absolute ONE-ONLY. I sent the pattern to Pakistan, to a remote desert Sindhi village I visited to buy some of their remarkable hand-stitched patchwork quilts. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The bag pattern is my design and the Meghwar women made it up using recycled scraps from many vintage exquisitely hand-embroidered pieces reclaimed from old ralli quilts, clothing, shawls, coverings, festival and wedding decorations including braids, mirrors, cowrie shells (female symbol) and pompoms all pieced together and sewn by the Meghwar tribal women in Sindh, Pakistan in a village of mud huts.
Named after Shakila Vasalai, a brilliant embroiderer who lives in Sindh, Pakistan. There is not another bag like this. Each one is completely unique. Both sides are completely different (see photos). Meghwar women are internationally renown for their fine embroidery and quilt-making skills.
Take a close look at each piece of embroidery. Traditional embroidery is not practiced as widely as it once was and authentic bags like this are very special and cheap imitations are produced are sold everywhere. This is a bag to treasure. As the pieces included are old there may be wear, fading, small flaws and missing mirrors. Black cotton lining with double inner pocket. 65cm (including handle) x 50cm