The Gayatri messenger bag featuring with front button flap woven with the combination of threads entailing cotton and jute material.
The bag is made with jute threads in natural color form and cotton yarn dyed with green, blue, red, black along with many other colors as per requirement. To make these bags a hand peddled wheel mechanism (Charkha Wheel), used in unwinding the yarn from a larger lot to transfer to bobbins. A Handloom Machine- Hand and foot operated workbench which is used in weaving of fabric.
The craftswomen of Rajankatti, Makelmardi, Kadoli, Hunnur, Telaganatti, Madanbhavi, and Chikoppa (which are drought prone regions in the state of Karnataka) who had previously depended upon seasonal wage labor and migration to cities for work.now earn a livelihood by making high quality, naturally-dyed, hand spun, hand woven and non-woven bags from the natural fibres of jute, cotton, banana, mestha fibre, leather, and blended fabrics.
These bags are made with using many of Northern Karnataka’s craft-traditions and techniques such as: indigo dyeing of the Neelgars, rope-twisting, folk-stitching and joinery of the Nadafs, vegetable tanning/dyeing of hides and leather-crafting of the Dhor and Samgar communities, wool-felting, spinning and kambal weaving techniques of sheepherding communities.