Artisan: Polly and me - Afghan Clutches
 
What:
Clutches
Where:
Pakistan
Style signature:
Playful and stylish clutches, coin purses and bags with colourful, hand-embroidered cotton featuring bold and whimsical patterns.
Backstory:
Polly and Me was co-founded by Australian sisters Cath and Ange Braid. The brand works to create income-generating opportunities for around 1,000 women across 19 collectives in the Chitral Valley. The sisters first visited Chitral in 2000 and identified an untapped potential in this rural community: the women. Partnering with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) to start a women’s embroidery collective, they established a social enterprise where female artisans could make hand-embroidered textiles for accessories. In the conservative mountainous communities of Chitral, there are very few socially acceptable work opportunities for women outside the home. Polly and Me is a shining example of bringing female artisans together and connecting them to outside markets.
Inspiration:
Empowering women. “I feel like the president of Pakistan!” says Zaibonda, one of the women for whom joining an embroidery workshop has brought a level of economic freedom and renewed self-confidence.

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