Peace Road Designs are made in Dahab, South Sinai. Finding good quality souvenirs is not easy in Egypt, as I mentioned in a previous post, and I promised to follow up with some better examples of Egyptian or made in Egypt design. Peace Road tote bags made from vibrant Egyptian tent fabrics are a perfect and practical reminder of Egypt for yourself, or a beautiful gift to take back to friends and family.
Each style shows real consideration of what you need in a great bag, and every bag is very well made, with strong stitching and wide, secure straps. The quality of the bags reflect Peace Road designer Bronwyn Jones’ training in tailoring, and her refined eye for colors and patterns. Designs include a two-way tote which is the perfect size for the beach, a baby diaper bag, and a yoga mat carry bag, and the range is growing.
The inside of the one-way tote bag has color coded pockets including two large open pockets for easy access to your phone, camera, or notebook, and a zip pocket for cash and passport. There is a loop to keep your keys safe. The sides are finished square, so you can even fit a water bottle in the bag without stressing the seams. I have turned my bag inside out and it is so well finished that it looks just as good with the pockets on the outside.
Peace Road is environmentally friendly and has another range of bags made from post-consumer recycled clothing, which means they are one-of-a-kind. Bronwyn has also developed an environmentally-conscious initiative and eco-friendly way to use old denim jeans. She collects pre-loved jeans that would have gone to waste or ended up in landfills, and customizes them using various colored fabrics. Jeans, jackets, shirts, shoes and even suits can all receive the Peace Road creative treatment. She also offers customers the option of having their own pieces customized. The colourful designs are inspired by the patchwork tents of the nomadic Bedouin of South Sinai.
Peace Road extends its ethical concerns to the community, by working with Bedouin women from South Sinai. These skilled women hand-make a variety of products including beaded accessories. Purchasing directly from these women is a simple way to empower the women of Sinai and increase their quality of life, not through charity but by giving them a career, self confidence and independence. Bedouin girls make bracelets of thread in vibrant colors, and a bracelet is used to attach the swing tag to each Peace Road bag. Bronwyn is also teaching two young Bedouin to sew, and hopes to see them produce their own designs eventually.
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