South African Satchel
Beaded butterflies add fun detail to this bright backpack, perfect for toting books or toys. The backpacks are hand-beaded by women from the Wezandla artisan group in South Africa and help support them as they come out of poverty. Measures 11-by-5-by-11 inches. Features adjustable black straps.
About this Artisan
Living in fear of their ancestors, the Zulu people of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, continually slaughter cows, goats, and chickens as sacrifices. They even attribute any illness, death, or calamity as a mood of an ancestor’s spirit that requires a sacrifice to appease. But, the people involved in the artisan group Wezandla, meaning “hands” in Zulu, have the opportunity to break free from this slavery. Each item they bead secures a paycheck for their poor families and the hope of freedom from fear.