A few years ago I spotted this purse in an art gallery gift shop and it was love at first sight. My beloved secretly bought the purse as a surprise gift for a significant birthday. What drew me to the purse was the combination of its beauty and the story behind it. Unfortunately no information tag was included with the purse, but what I do remember is that it was made by an African woman in a textile collective of women who live with HIV and poverty. Unfortunately I do not remember the country or the name of the collective. The purse is made of knit copper wire and beads and is lined with satin. This purse is another example of beauty emerging from difficulty.
June 19, 2012 Psst: see the update here.