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Essential Companion Tote
From the farmer's market to beach days, this basket tote features an intricate medallion design that is as beautiful out-and-about as it is hanging ready-to-go in your entryway. Locally-grown palm leaves are sun-dried, then handwoven by artisans of Rishilpi in rural Bangladesh. Leather straps are vegetable-tanned and securely sewn to ensure many happy trips to the grocery store and around town.


  • Materials: Palm leaves, leather
  • Measures: 14"L x 9"W x 9"H
  • Colors: Natural light tan
  • Care: Dust clean
  • Handcrafted in Bangladesh

SKU: 6610310


Rishilpi, a nonprofit, nongovernmental development organization in southwest Bangladesh, was founded to improve the lives of people of the Rishi caste. "Rishilpi" is formed from two Bengali words, "Rishi," denoting the caste, and "shilpi," meaning artist or craftsman. Rishi, traditionally leather workers, for centuries have lived at the margins of Bengali society. Generally landless, with no easy access to schools, many struggled in a continual search for work to survive. In addition to income generation, Rishilpi conducts relief and development work in rural Bangladesh communities. Benefits to artisans include education sponsorship, health care, microcredit savings programs and early marriage prevention support for their adolescent daughters. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Rishilpi Handicrafts Limited since 1983.

Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.