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to me, this bag -- the first designed and constructed
specifically for the KITA line -- is part of a Cinderella story.

for centuries, nomadic Banjara--the Gypsies of India--
roamed the regions of Rajasthan and Kutch,
hand embroidering bits of mirror onto everyday items.

i like to imagine that whoever made this textile with their two hands,
had their head in the clouds...dreaming of reclining on a silk ottoman,
by a fountain in a garden, listening to skylarks sing...

but over time, dreams fade, and life turned difficult for Nomads,
what with drought and war and Imperialism.

now, many Banjara have fled to cities to ply their trades for rupees,
not bartered goods.

i have named this fairytale bag MUMBAI, after the Mother of all cities in India.
long known as Bombay, Mumbai is now the fourth largest city in the world.

like all huge cities, it is a sad spectacle of great need, amid great splendor.

and textiles once made by hand are now machine sewn...
the mirror effects now come from mylar...

but Mumbai is also home to Bollywood's thriving film industry,
world renowned publishing houses, and a club scene unlike no other.

for a country that believes in reincarnation, Mumbai is
the perfect place to be reborn to a life once dreamed of...

this Cinderella bag is waiting for her chance to shine...
on a sunny beach or under a disco ball, she will go anywhere you need her,
and be a head turner every step of the way.


INGREDIENTS:

vintage: hand embroidered mirrorwork, Banjara tribe; hand made trim from skirt, used as reinforced strap, Banjara tribe; pompom anklet as trim, Banjara tribe; cowrie shell dangle, Banjara tribe; hand embroidered patches on pocket, India; gold metallic thread medallion, India; sun/moon coin, 1980; jeweled kuchi coin.

upcycled: peachy upholstery silk lining; thrift store lace trim; feather fetish; jingle bells from Hong Kong.

dimensions:
16" wide by 11" long.
strap 40" long by 2.5" wide
3 interior pockets

NOTE: this is truly a one of a kind piece of mirrorwork, but i have other treasures
i can show you if you prefer a custom bag with a bit less flash?

To request a shipping quote to outside the IS,
Just drop me a line,

to learn more about MUMBAI visit:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/mumbai-bombay
http://www.indianetzone.com/20/tribes_kutch.htm

(KITA bags are constructed on a 1962 Aldens and a 1952 Juki sewing machine, using upholstery thread and Gutermann sewing/top stitching threads.)

MUMBAI - - Banjara Hobo Mirror bag, vintage, one of a kind, Boho, Tribal - Ready to SHIP

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: upholstery silk, lace, coins, linen, pompoms, feathers, bells, mirrors, embroidery, tassels
  • Only ships within Mexico.
  • Favorited by: 180 people