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Cotton Applique Folk Art Cosmetic Bag, "Jungle Friends"

A scarlet macaw flies through the azure sky, greeting his jungle neighbors. A yellow giraffe and a blue elephant enjoy the verdant landscape. By... more

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A scarlet macaw flies through the azure sky, greeting his jungle neighbors. A yellow giraffe and a blue elephant enjoy the verdant landscape. By Balvina Huaytalla, this handcrafted cosmetic bag showcases the traditional Andean art of arpillería. Each tiny figure is crafted in three dimensions and embroidered by hand. The reverse side is solid black cotton.

  • 20 grams
  • 0.71 oz
  • 11 cm H x 20 cm W x 0.5 cm D
  • 4.3" H x 7.75" W x 0.2" D

  • 90% cotton, 10% acrylic. Cotton lining
  • Features a zipper closure
  • Dry clean only
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Peruicon info
  • Product ID: 212136

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eileen

From northbrook illinois

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Jun 24, 2017

Whimsical and Charming”

This makes an outstanding gift. Love it!

Gift Occasion
  • This was a gift for: neighbor's friend's daughter's babysitter
  • Occasion: currying favor

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Nanette

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Apr 10, 2017

Adorable bag”

I got this for my adult daughter to use in her purse to organize things. She loves giraffes and loved this bag.

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Lois

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Nov 04, 2016

Lovely”

This is great and very well made. It draws attention as soon as I take it out.

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Annette

From Australia

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Feb 15, 2022

Beautiful!”

Gorgeous, well-designed and expertly made. I love animals and I love this cute little bag. Thank you Balvina for making me smile!

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Nancy

From Moses Lake, WA , USA

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Jul 13, 2021

Applique bags”

Love this little bag was going to be a gift but I cant part with it

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Mary

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Jun 18, 2021

Christmas gifts just waiting to be given!”

I love these bags--all the designs. They are so colorful and cheerful. I purchased a number of them to give as Christmas gifts in December. But I did not forget to get one for myself too!

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Sharon

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Jul 13, 2024

Great Gift”

Bought several of these beautifully crafted coin purses for friends. Love the unique designs, and wrapping came with cute little worry dolls which were also a keepsake.

Best Uses
  • Great as gifts
Gift Occasion
  • This was a gift for: Friend
  • Occasion: 'just because'

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Rachel

From Buffalo/NY/USA

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Jan 18, 2024

Beautiful and cheerful”

This coin purse is beautifully made in such cheerful colors! The details are stunning. I gave it to a friend as a gift and she loved it. Thank you :)

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Butterfly Afternoon, Andean Folk Art Cotton Applique Change Purse

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Lou

From Canada

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Jan 16, 2024

Absolutely Beautiful!”

Balvinas workmanship is detailed and so colourfully delightful! My grandchildren loved looking all around every inch of this Christmas tree skirt and as we looked we could tell the story of Christmas! Even a Santa flying over Bethlehem in the sky - just for extra fun. It is worth every penny. Thank you for your joyful artistry!!

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Bert

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Jun 26, 2023

Beautiful pattern”

This was given as a gift, and the recipient was overwhelmed with the quality and colors. A++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Jennifer

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Jun 22, 2023

Beautiful”

This coin purse is very lovely. Its colors are so vibrant and pretty. Its very well made. I liked it so much I bought two; a purple one and turquoise one. Theyre very lightweight so they dont weigh down my purse which is a plus. Would highly recommend.

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Leticia

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May 14, 2023

coin bags”

quality is great my daughter loved it.

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Fantastic Mandala, Floral Embroidered Alpaca Blend Coin Purse in Blue

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Empowering Women

Empowering Women

The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Balvina works with two Peruvian art forms to create her highly-graphic colorful decor and fashion accessories. Growing-up in Ayacucho, she learned the traditional embroidery style of that region from her mother and grandmother. During the Peruvian reign of terror, her family fled to the mountains around Lima where she learned arpillería, the traditional Andean form of applique. Balvina often incorporates both embroidery and applique into her work, creating unique contemporary designs with traditional techniques.

Moving On Up

Moving On Up

Balvina is an artisan in the early stages of growing her workshop but one with the mindset to succeed. She thinks of herself as an entrepreneur and has moved from needing help to helping others. Although she does not yet have any full-time helpers, she hires other artisans in her community to help her fill her orders.

Profound Impact

Profound Impact

When Balvina began to work with Novica, she was cleaning houses to survive. Now she is able to earn a living from the art she loves. She is able to provide for her son. A steady income has brought her a sense of empowerment and a bright future no longer seems a distant dream.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

Balvina has tried to have her son's father help with the cost of his education but he refuses. She struggles to cover the costs of her son's schooling and is deeply committed to paying for his education on her own through the sale of her wood crafts..

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Balvina Huaytalla has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $300. Proceeds were used to build up her stock of fabric pieces for her patchwork.

Media Featured

Media Featured

Balvina was recently interviewed for the Peruvian television show "Mujeres Empresarias." She confesses that she is still too shy to watch her own interview.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Balvina's work was featured in a recent Novica catalog. The resulting sales led to her hiring several part-time workers to help her complete her orders.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

Balvina is a single mother and is determined to give her son her best.

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