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The Women’s Wisdom Initiative works with clinics and hospitals to compassionately support sexual assault survivors: after her/his/their assault exam, survivors leave the treatment center with personal belongings in a beautiful hand-crafted chattra tote, aka Traveling Heart Bag, instead of the typical plastic bag.
Tucked inside each tote is a beautiful, healing, compassionate Traveling Postcard. These cards are created by survivors and their allies in trauma-informed healing arts therapy workshops led by Women’s Wisdom Initiative founder Caroline Lovell. Each original card is profound and moving; you can view a selection on our blog.
Here’s how you can support this amazing program:
Your $56 purchase buys two Traveling Heart Bags: one bag for an assault survivor, complete with an original Traveling Postcard; AND bag one for you, with a replica postcard. Great, right?
As usual on chattra.com, shipping is free. Please note that due to the donation aspect of this item, all sales of Traveling Heart Bags are final and discounts are not eligible toward your Traveling Heart Bag purchase.
about the bag: The embroidered textiles of Central Asia inspired the Fuchsia Suzani print of this Traveling Heart Bag. Traditionally included in wedding dowries to demonstrate the stitching skills - suzan means needle in Persian - of brides, suzani tapestries date to the 1700‘s. Hand block-printed in deep pink; illuminating orange piping; contrasting inner and outer pockets; adorned with a colorful tassel like those seen on the camels of Rajasthan's great Thar desert. The artisan's hand work is revealed in each chattra textile, including print density and block alignment; imperfections are characteristic and add to the charm of this traditional technique. Read more about Rajasthan block print methods, and learn about the meaning of orange in Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths.
Details & Care
- pocket features Traveling Heart Program patch
- 15.5”L x 6”D x 13.5”H
- 100% cotton
- two roomy pockets
- hand-made in India
- machine wash, line dry