Clutch Alma - "by Fatemah"

Clutch Alma - "by Fatemah"

Celebrate women's talents and creativity! This design Clutch Alma is featuring handmade embroideries from a community of women in Shahrak, a young city near Harat in West Afghanistan.. Those talented female embroiderers tell their stories through motifs and colours. Each Clutch is unique.


*Clutch designed and handmade in Melbourne by Rapha

*Large clutch with top zipper

Measurements: approx. 27cm W. x 16cm H.

*The embroidery is made of silk thread.

*Clutch is made of upholstery French linen fabric

*Lining is made of coated linen fabric with small pocket inside

*Silk tassel


The story behind this design:

This Collection is an ode to women, our talents and creativity. The hand embroideries are made by a community of women in Shahrak, a young city near Harat in West Afghanistan. Pascale Goldenberg is the creative spirit and passionate maker driving this embroidery project with the support of the Deutsche Initiative Association. This second embroidery project was initiated in 2007 from the Women Center NESWAN. Those Women are from the Hazara community. The majority of them are Shiites who fled to Iran during the war and have now returned. This program gives an opportunity to those talented embroiderers to generate some income and preserve their traditional skills. They design and create their embroideries. They can tell their own stories through the motifs and colours of their embroideries. About 30 embroiderers produce very fine embroideries based on the traditional technique called Keshide using silk thread. 


I was touched by their creativity, their skills and the finesse of their pieces. Featuring those embroideries in our design Clutch Alma is an opportunity to connect cultures and women around the world with Afghan embroideries, French linen and all handmade in Melbourne.


I use offcuts of high-quality upholstery French linen to sublime those embroideries. The linen has this contrast of elegance and robustness.


Every single Clutch is UNIQUE.