When you buy this mat bag, you will be extending a helping hand to women in Mali, a West African country that is one of the poorest in the world. The bags are made by Malian women who have formed a sewing collective. They have each chosen their own fabrics, lending an idiosyncratic flair to your choices. The seamstresses are paid on a Fair Trade basis for their time and materials. The bags are 100% cotton, high-quality Malian cotton that is renowned for its durability and eye-catching designs.
Each bag is lined, and has two shoulder straps. You can use it as a backpack. One young friend uses it to carry her rolls of artists paper. The bags are 12.5 wide (or 25 in circumference), and 25 long. They are spacious enough to hold a yoga mat up to 1/4 thick and 74 in length, as well as your towel, your wallet, your keys or other necessities. The drawstring that closes the bag at the top is finished with attractive wooden beads.
The women of the sewing collective are sharing the proceeds of the sale of their bags with a school in a rural village in Mali. With your mat bag, you are empowering both the seamstresses who are earning a living wage, and the school children whose education is bringing new hopes and possibilities to them and their families.
What heart-warming additions to your yoga practice.