Nice to meet you, I’m Agripina! My community and I make textiles with Ethnotek using a process called ‘jaspe’. The raw warp yarn is tied and dyed in sections, then spooled onto bobbins, which feed the treadle loom to complete the textiles. Weaving is created at my workshop and with my friend Manuel-Francisco in our village, Paxtoca. Your tips will be split amongst our community every month in proportion to the amount of weaving each person has completed. Muchas gracias!
Hi, I’m Charles Acquah, I’m from the Somanya village in Ghana and have a workshop in Accra where I make all of Ethnotek’s batik fabrics with my son Nathaniel. Our motif designs are inspired by traditional Adinkra symbols. We hope you love our textile art. Your tips will go directly to me and my family, thank you for supporting our craft!
Hola, we are Lidia, Blanca and Alida! We are creators of the very rare Mayan Star Motif and will soon be leaving the weaving trade, but are happy to say that our new weaving partners Alirio, Rosa, Felipe and Etelvina in San Marcos are carrying on our tradition. Your tips will be split amongst our communities every month in proportion to the amount of weaving each person has completed. We thank you very much for the support!
Hi, I’m Che and I’m part of a group of 96 artisans in the northern highlands of Vietnam who make hand-embroidered textiles in collaboration with Ethnotek. Hmong women make only 2 tribal skirts per year and it’s our favorite hobby that we do during breaks from our agricultural work. This craft is our heritage that we’re proud to protect and is fun to make because we often socialize, laugh, and joke with each other while creating it. Your tips will be split amongst our female-led co-op every month in proportion to the amount of tribal skirts each woman delivers. Thank you for helping our craft and sharing our story.
Hi, I’m George Ameyaw and my family have been weaving Kente for 5 generations. My team of amazing artisans are comprised of Felix Boakye, James Atagbolo and Willliam Agbo. Our workshop is in Accra Ghana and our weaving technique has it’s traditional roots that date back to the 17th century from the Ashanti, Akan and Ewe tribes. Your tips will be split equally amongst my small team, thank you for supporting our craft!
Hello, I’m Inrahani! Our textiles are made on a bamboo frame loom in the Phan Rang Tap Cham village in central Vietnam. Our community are proud descendants of the Champa Kingdom and are grateful for your support. Your tips will be split amongst our community every month in proportion to the amount of weaving each person has completed. We are grateful to collaborate with you to elevate our craft.
Hello, I’m Shamji and I am Ethnotek’s first artisan and have been working with the team since 2010. Our process is called pit loom weaving and our motifs are several generations old. My family and I are community leaders of the Vankar people. Weaving textiles is our main identity and my mission is to teach the next generation of artisans so we can preserve our tradition through them. We’re proud to receive your support and to see our fabrics on bags & travelers around the world.
Monggo (whats-up), we're Sri and Yatmi and we make Ethnotek's batik fabrics in collaboration with the workshop owner Iwan. Iwan is a 5th generation Batik maker and is dedicated to carrying on his family's tradition. We have a special low water wastage process by hand painting the dye onto the fabrics after our friend Harjono stamps them with wax. Your tips will be split equally amongst everyone in our workshop. Thanks for the support!
Hello, we're the Rabari tribe, we’re a pastoral community and travel around Gujarat, India, near the border of Pakistan. Our textile process is called appliqué embroidery and is our main form of artistic expression. Our chosen project managers are Pankaj and Mina. They’ll collect your tips and pay us when we deliver textiles to their office every month. We have to do it this we because we’re a nomadic community and always on the move. We travel where our goats, sheep and cows lead us. Thank you for the support!
Xin chao (hello), we’re the magic-makers in Vietnam that make your bags and backpacks! We have just over 40 people on our team, our workshop is based in Ho Chi Minh City and we’ve proudly been hand-crafting Ethnotek bags since 2010. Your bag orders have helped a lot over the years and now your tips will make things even more comfortable for us. The tips will be split equally amongst our team, thank you so much!
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The Raja Lite Rolltop Backpack is purpose built for the daily commute, a weekend camping trip, and the occasional cross-continental journey of self-discovery. It’s built from recycled 600d PET fabric that is water resistant. The Raja Lite Rolltop Backpack is laptop compatible and fits 13" - 15" MacBook Pro & most 13 - 15" PC Laptops. The giant roll top main compartment gives maximum access and is lined with water resistant ripstop nylon for an extra layer of protection from the elements. Support artisans and the planet in style!
Water resistant 600-denier recycled PET main bag fabric.
Comes with an interchangeable Thread™ front panel.
Right side exterior slip pocket for maps and travel manuals.
Left side pocket zips open for easy access into main compartment and has a built-in Velcro pocket for phone or other small accessories.
Compression snap buckles attach the interchangeable Thread™ panel and tall items such as yoga mat, tent poles, tripod or a skateboard to the side of the bag vertically.
One Rolltop Backpack, Many Stories.
What makes the Raja Lite Rolltop Backpack so unique is it’s removable front panel called a Thread™. Each Thread™ is created from handmade textiles that are sourced in person and purchased directly from the artisan or craft village in which they were created. We are continually scouring the globe to find textiles that embody the vibrancy and beauty of the people who create them and the traditions they represent. We release new Threads™ regularly, allowing you to update the look of your bag without having to buy a new one entirely. This puts a whole new meaning to changing your threads!
Helpful Lightweight Backpack features while traveling
Internal laptop slip pocket fits 13-15" MacBook Pro and most 13-15" PC laptops.
Padded back panel for comfort while wearing.
Contoured shoulder straps to reduce strain on neck & shoulders.
Giant waterproof roll-top with super-secure 38mm snap-buckle access to main compartment.
Waterproof Roll-top Backpack
All of our bags are made from heavy-duty coated water-resistant tech fabric and will keep your things dry if you get caught in the rain or snow. But if you want to go one-step further to protect your gear and the beautiful handmade artisan fabric exterior of your backpack, combine your roll-top backpack purchase with a VaRuna Rain Cover. The waterproof VaRuna backpack Rain Cover is tape-sealed, so no water can get in. The logo is printed with 3M reflective ScotchLite ink for increased visibility in dimy lit envrionments, safety first everyone!
Rolltop Backpack Dimensions:
Main pack: 12.2" x 19.7" x 6.3" (31cm x 50cm x 16cm)
10.6" x 15.3" x 0.8" (27cm x 39cm x 2cm)
13-15"MacBook Pro & Most 13-15" PC laptops
Volume: 30 liters
Recycled Rolltop Backpack
The Raja Lite Rolltop Backpack main bag material is made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles, making it an eco-friendly companion that has your back! The handmade artisan fabric is 100% cotton and, webbing straps, trims, buckles and internal rip-stop lining are made from ultra-durable nylon.
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