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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 $50 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?
There’s more: along with your purchase, chattra will donate $10 to help keep the healing postcard art therapy workshops stocked with supplies. 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: Plum Mehndi Market Tote’s print is inspired by the decorative skin art created on hands, feet and arms during Hindu festivals and weddings. The use of mehndi (from the Sanskrit word mendhikā) and haldi (turmeric paste stain) is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books; it symbolizes the outer and inner sun, representing the Vedic idea of awakening the inner light. Hand block-printed in rich plum. 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