we work closely with talented artisans in India and we only partner with small factories that pay these talented weavers and leather craftspeople fair wages. Our artisans included women and men from different Indian villages. Many of the artisans were taught from their ancestors, and they continue to keep their beautiful work alive by helping us create quality materials and one of a kind pieces. We will continue to empower them by acknowledging their individual talent and dedication to our brand. We love our artisans and without their talent and expertise, Krista Paige wouldn’t be possible.
A dhurrie is a traditional style of rug that is made in India. It is a woven flat leveled carpet that is usually made from hand-spun cotton, wool, silk, jute, and in the colder regions of India it made with camel hair. These rugs usually come in vibrant colors with geometric and/or symmetrical designs that are often repetitive throughout the rug.
Our dhurries are handwoven through a method that dates back to ancient India. Many of the artisans we partner with learned the process of making dhurries from family members that dedicated their time to making these beautiful rugs. This artistic heritage is passed down from generation to generation and it’s very common for a whole family to learn the process of making dhurries to earn a living. The quality of a dhurrie is determined by the number of thread counts per inch, in other words, the more the merrier. Most dhurries are made from 7-10 thread counts. Krista Paige’s handbags thread count starts from 10-12. The higher the thread count the sturdier the material is.
Here at Krista Paige Handbags we only use cotton dhurries because cotton is hypoallergenic, durable, and breathable by nature. Our fresh spun cotton is first dyed with Azo-free and lead free dyes which make the dhurries natural and safe for everyone. Once the cotton has been hand-spun and the hand-dying stage is complete, it takes eight days for three artisans to weave a rug for approximately 10 bags. when the weaving process is finished, it is then washed completely with soap and water. After it is washed and dried, it is given to leather craftsmen who are experienced in cutting and treating the leather and dhurrie. It is then constructed into a bag and all the final hardware is added. Woven into each and every bag is our ethical mission to produce bags in small batches so they are truly bespoke.