The Bali Artisan Collection Handwoven Seagrass Clutch
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We are so proud to bring you The Bali Artisan Collection, part of our Global Communities initiative where we source gorgeous, handmade items direct from local artisans and inject much-needed funds into the local economy of developing nations.
It feels so good to be the change we want to see in the world! To support our fellow humankind. To share the love and prosperity we are all fortunate to enjoy, and that others in the world have not received an equal share of.
We also get the opportunity to support good, kind, caring peaceful human beings and reward them for the positive contribution they make to the world. There's not enough people out there like them and we want to be a part of growing this side of humanity!
All of our handwoven clutches are sourced directly from a lovely man in central Bali called Mozzare who handweaves his clutches at home on the floor, surrounded by his children because he spends his days (7 days a week!) in his store talking to people like me!
When negotiating a price with him, my driver Alessandro's words were ringing in my ears, "Corney, you're too nice. You running a business. When they give you price, you divide it in half and you go from there.".
So when negotiating with Mozzare I tried to be bold. I tried to make sure I was getting a fair price for him, and for all of us. We quickly arrived at an agreement and, not having card services (because they don't deep in Bali!) I caught a cab to the nearest ATM (25km away) and took out the cash.
When I got back to Mozarre's store I gave him the money we agreed, then I asked him if he had children. His face lit up, "Three. I have three children" he said. I could see the love in his eyes. And perhaps a slight bit of pain that he spends all his days in his store trying to make a living for his family when they are at home longing for his undivided time and attention.
I then handed him the difference between his original asking price and the price we had negotiated and said "This is for your children, Mozarre. Buy them something nice from you, or take them to do something they'll love, and tell them Papa works hard for them every single day and his friend from Australia thinks they should be so proud of him." The tears in his eyes said it all.
And this is why we do what we do, folks. I will carry that moment in my heart for the rest of my life. One day I will day happy with the knowledge of the type of person I was and the friends I made along the way. The way I touched them and helped them in any way I could.
And this is the same gift we give you with The Bali Artisan Collection. This is what you support and are a huge part of when you buy from The Bali Artisan Collection. Be the change you want to see in the world. Together we can make a difference!
- Handwoven in Bali
- Internal lining
- Magnetic clasp closure