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Premji is an innovative backpack that combines traditional handmade artisan fabric with waterproof materials and modern functionality.
Premji is an innovative backpack that combines traditional handmade artisan fabric with waterproof materials and modern functionality.
Premji is an innovative backpack that combines traditional handmade artisan fabric with waterproof materials and modern functionality.
937 backers pledged $126,580 to help bring this project to life.

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Backing our project funds the first round of production for the Premji Pack. In addition to launching this awesome new design, your pledge helps sustain direct employment for the artisans who hand-make the traditional textiles built into every bag.

How it works: Select the reward level you want on the right, click the green button to back our project and join the tribe. It's as easy as that! Most reward levels are only available to a limited amount of backers, so act fast!

Important note: You can only back this project once. So if you want one for yourself and perhaps another bag or two as gifts, we suggest going for the Shaman or Triah bundles.

Left to right: Ghana 24, Indonesia 6, Guatemala 1, India 8, Vietnam 6, Vietnam 11, Black, India 11 & Vietnam 5.
Left to right: Ghana 24, Indonesia 6, Guatemala 1, India 8, Vietnam 6, Vietnam 11, Black, India 11 & Vietnam 5.

 

                            
 

 

  

 

 

                                                                           

 

                                                      

                     

 

 

 

 

At Ethnotek, our mission is to keep culture alive by creating high quality laptop and travel bags that feature ethically-sourced handmade textiles. Your purchase sustains employment for the art of hand printing, weaving and embroidery in our partnering artisan villages in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Ethnotek is so much more than a bag! It's a celebration of culture, a community, and a global movement! 

Photo left to right: Sanjay - weaving apprentice, Shamji - master weaver & Jake - founder of Ethnotek.
Photo left to right: Sanjay - weaving apprentice, Shamji - master weaver & Jake - founder of Ethnotek.

 

 

Our handmade Ghanaian fabrics are block printed by Reiss Boafo and the artisans in Accra, Ghana.
Our handmade Ghanaian fabrics are block printed by Reiss Boafo and the artisans in Accra, Ghana.

 

Guatemalan fabric is hand loomed by the Sic-Tzunun family in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where Mayan culture is still very much alive and well.
Guatemalan fabric is hand loomed by the Sic-Tzunun family in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where Mayan culture is still very much alive and well.

 

Indian fabric projects are managed by Vankar Shamji and his family in the Bhujodi village of Gujarat, India. Our collaboration with Shamji over the years has expanded artisan employment to the surrounding villages of Kandherai, Mota, Varnora and Jambudi.
Indian fabric projects are managed by Vankar Shamji and his family in the Bhujodi village of Gujarat, India. Our collaboration with Shamji over the years has expanded artisan employment to the surrounding villages of Kandherai, Mota, Varnora and Jambudi.

 

Batik fabric is by Iwan in Surakarta. Iwan builds batik workshops in his artisan’s homes instead of requiring them to commute to a factory setting, which increases their happiness, creativity & productivity.
Batik fabric is by Iwan in Surakarta. Iwan builds batik workshops in his artisan’s homes instead of requiring them to commute to a factory setting, which increases their happiness, creativity & productivity.

 

Hani of the Phan Rang Cham village in Central Vietnam makes hand woven Vietnamese fabric. Hand embroidered fabrics come from the Hmong hill tribes of Sapa and Bac Ha.
Hani of the Phan Rang Cham village in Central Vietnam makes hand woven Vietnamese fabric. Hand embroidered fabrics come from the Hmong hill tribes of Sapa and Bac Ha.

 

Meet Premji! This lovely man is one of Ethnotek's longest standing and most loyal weavers in India. He's been with us from the beginning and we're proud to name this new design after him.
Meet Premji! This lovely man is one of Ethnotek's longest standing and most loyal weavers in India. He's been with us from the beginning and we're proud to name this new design after him.
 

 

 

 

Shipping for all Ethnotek add-on items is included in your initial pledge, collaborative item add-ons require additional shipping:

  • Kammok & BioLite: US/CA = $12, Rest of the World = $24 
  • Bureo: US only = $12 
  • Klean Kanteen: US/CA = $6, Rest of the World = $12

Here's how to add items to your pledge:

1) Browse the hotness that is our add-on menu and pick the items you'd like to add.

2) Click "Manage Pledge" to change your existing pledge level. Add the dollar amount of the items you'd like to add from the menu to increase your existing pledge to include the newly added goodies. Click save and high-five the person closest to you!

3) When the campaign closes, we'll send you a survey from Backer Kit, where you'll complete your final check out. Backer Kit will reflect your increased pledge at which time you will be able to select the specific styles of the Premji Pack and the other add-on items.

4) Click checkout in Backer Kit and do a happy dance! Your goods will immediately start production and ship in April.

When it comes to the design, we have drawn on our years of travel and adventure to create the pack that we would want to carry. Strap attachment, reflective webbing, front pocket with built-in organizer, contoured padded shoulder straps, stretch-mesh water bottle pocket, zip pocket in top hood, top-loading 20 liter main storage compartment and laptop compatibility for 13-15” laptops are just a few great features that will rock steady with you on your daily journeys.

The Premji Pack will come in six vibrant colors and patterns:

Ghana 24: A block-printed lavender leaf pattern on deep purple from artisans in Western Africa. 

Indonesia 6: A rich-blue Javanese batik, direct from the artisan's hands in Surakarta. 

Guatemala 1: A signature Central American multicolor pattern, like a macaw out of the jungle. 

India 8: Our foundational pattern, hand-woven by the master, Premji, himself! 

India 11: A similar motif to India 8, but in a warm red and orange colorway. 

Vietnam 5: A hand embroidered masterpiece from the Hmong hill tribes of Northern Vietnam. Indigo blue base with black white and brown embellishments. 

Vietnam 6: Another stunning hand embroidered piece from the Hmong hill tribes of Northern Vietnam. Indigo blue base with bright orange, green and floral sections. 

Vietnam 11: A sophisticated design that has a multicolor motif on a navy blue base. From Cham artisans of the Phan Rang village in Central Vietnam.

 

         

Ethnotek is proud of this chain of supply and demand. Our loyal Tribe of customers are a whole new market for local artisans like Premji, and a source of sustainable demand for their fabric. Ethnotek isn’t a charity, it relies on entrepreneurialism and global commerce to keep artisans in business, and their cultures thriving.  

We've been in business for five years, we've developed close relationships with artisans around the globe, and we've learned a lot along the way. With experience under our belts and smiles on our faces, we can confidently say that we will have no problem delivering your bags! Throughout this campaign and up to delivery, we will give regular updates and in-depth profiles on each design, artisan, and the overall project. Subscribe to our newsletter to track the progress here: http://bit.ly/Tribe-subscribe

 

After backing our project, you immediately become a member of the Ethnotek Tribe! We are an active group of passionate individuals spread across this beautiful planet and we're dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity and awareness. We love hosting meet-ups and sharing your adventure photos with the community so be sure to follow our @ethnotekbags Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and tag pics #etktribe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We've been designing, producing and shipping bags for five years already, so delivery will be no problem for us. There are a few things, though, that we'd like to give you a heads-up on...

Lead Times: The artisan fabrics are, in fact, authentically made by hand on a loom, block-print or by needle-point. Because of this, these stunning works of art have a life before we even begin production. That is why our estimated delivery time is in April. Don't worry, though, we'll keep you informed every step of the way so you know exactly where your Premji is in the timeline, from artisan to your doorstep!

Uniqueness: Our artisans make their textiles in large sheets. We cut multiple smaller panels out of these large sheets for each individual bag. Each bag is entirely unique, looking slightly different than the photos provided. The difference is very subtle, and most people don't even notice. For instance: With the Guatemala 1 style... The red and yellow stripes are slightly higher or lower on each bag than what's shown in the images above, making each bag one of a kind. Everything else is identical. We see these as "signatures of handmade", which are to be celebrated. We'll explain more about this throughout the campaign as well, so stay tuned!

Taxes, Duties & Shipping: Ethnotek is absorbing some of the shipping charges on each bag but, due to the complex and sometimes unknown nature of international taxation, backers will be responsible for covering any VAT, import duties, etc, in their country of residence / delivery. We'll work closely with Shipwire and BackerKit to minimize these costs for you (if any).

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    Karma Package

    Emailed updates and images of the artisans at work, and a big high-five from the Ethnotek Tribe!

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    Mayan Package

    Emailed updates and images of the artisans at work and a handmade, woven artisan bracelet from Guatemala.

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    Premji Pack - Early Bird Special

    Premji Pack in one of six styles. Save $30 off expected retail price. Early bird special valid only for a limited amount of backers at this reward level. Act fast, y'all!

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    Premji Pack

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    Premji Bundle - Early Bird Special

    Premji Pack in one of six styles + rain cover. Save $35 off expected retail price. Early bird special valid only for a limited amount of backers at this reward level. 1, 2, 3...GO!

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    Klean Kanteen Bundle

    A limited edition bundle of one Premji Pack of choice + one Klean Kanteen Reflect water bottle with Ethnotek logo on it. Save $30 off estimated retail price for Premji and 30% on the Reflect bottle.

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    Premji Bundle

    Premji Pack in one of nine styles + rain cover. Save $25 off expected retail price.

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    Kammok Bundle

    A limited edition bundle of one Premji Pack of choice + one Kammok Wallaby Hammock & Python Straps. Save $36 off estimated retail price. Shipping included.

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    BioLite Bundle

    A limited edition bundle of one Premji Pack of choice + one BioLite CampStove with USB FlexLight. Save $30 off estimated retail price for Premji and 30% on the CampStove.

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    Bureo Bundle

    A limited edition bundle of one Premji Pack of choice + one Bureo Minnow Skateboard with choice of wheel color. Save $30 off estimated retail price for Premji and 30% on the Minnow.

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    Shaman Bundle - Early Bird Special

    Two Premji Packs of choice + two rain covers. Save $65 off expected retail price. Mix and match from six styles, or get both bags in the style you like best (one for you and one for a friend!). Early bird special valid only for a limited amount of backers at this reward level. Hop to it!

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    Shaman Bundle

    Two Premji Packs of choice + two rain covers. Save $55 off expected retail price. Mix and match from nine styles, or get both bags in the style you like best (one for you and one for a friend!).

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    Triah Bundle - Early Bird Special

    Three Premji Packs of choice + three rain covers. Save $95 off expected retail price. Mix and match from six fabric styles, or get them all in the style you like best. Early bird special valid only for a limited amount of backers at this reward level. This is a crazy good deal!

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    Three Premji Packs of choice + three rain covers. Save $85 off expected retail price. Mix and match from nine fabric styles, or get them all in the style you like best.

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    Fabric Sourcing Adventure to India!

    Receive a Shaman Bundle and all-expense paid, once-in-a-lifetime trip to India! Travel with Ethnotek on a fabric sourcing adventure to meet Premji and the artisans in his village. Includes coach airfare from major airport, internal transfers, hotels, meals, and special events with the artisans. Available to only four people.

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