Handbags - Flaps

Artisan Crafted Gifts and Decor From Around the World

These Handbags - Flaps - are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.
Prices correct at time of writing - subject to change

Cotton and leather shoulder bag, 'Maya Rainbow' (Guatemala)

Red, rose and aqua mingle with the green of Guatemalan hillsides in this beautiful design. Working on traditional handlooms, women from Aj Quen create the cotton fabric. The shoulder bag opens to reveal twin pockets beneath the generous flap, and an

Cotton shoulder bag, 'Geometry in Brown' (Guatemala)

Geometric motifs in brown, grey and beige are woven by hand on a backstrap loom. The patterned flap graces a brown cotton shoulder bag, sewn with fabric created on a traditional handloom. By Mirian Otzin, the purse is fully lined and features an inne

Cotton shoulder bag, 'Illusion' (India)

Ritu Agnihotri designs this wonderful shoulder bag featuring black and off white horizontal stripes hand-loomed of cotton. Parallel bands in lapis blue and off white offer a creative contrast bordered by block-printed piping. The patterns are repeate

Cotton shoulder bag, 'Maya Valley' (Guatemala)

Elegant in fresh green hues, this shoulder bag celebrates Guatemala's millenary textile traditions. The modern design of the bag includes an external pocket on the flap, which features a hand-tied fringe falling on the back. There is a zipper pocket

Leather backpack, 'Liquorice' (Mexico)

Mexican designer Ricardo Hinojosa strikes the perfect balance between elegance and casual chic with this backpack bag. Tooled of quality leather, it is lined and features internal as well as external pockets.

Leather backpack, 'Weathered in Honey Brown' (Mexico)

Honey brown leather gains a weathered finish under Ricardo Hinojosa's artistic guidance. He designs a versatile backpack featuring a pocket in its ample interior, and three more outside that close with snaps concealed by decorative iron buckles. A fo

Leather shoulder bag, 'Java Chic' (Indonesia)

The elegant design of this shoulder bag is by Javanese artisan Hariyono. He works with quality leather, its rich brown hue well complemented by brass. Hariyono trims the bag's borders with openwork patterns that add a touch of feminine elegance to a

Leather shoulder bag, 'Never Without Black' (Ghana)

Gill Quarcoopome designs a trendy shoulder bag of sleek elegance. Crafted by hand of quality leather, the bag is decorated with bamboo beads over the magnetic button clasp. The cotton blend shoulder strap is adjustable and finishes under the bag's fl

Leather shoulder bag, 'Quiet Touch' (India)

From Varun Manchanda this trendy suede shoulder bag comes to life in quiet grey-brown. The soft leather features shiny brass studs and a flirty tassel on the flap, which closes with a magnetic button. Fully lined, the purse opens to reveal two open p

Leather shoulder bag, 'Sapphire Crossroads' (India)

Ruby red crisscrosses the sapphire blue front of this shoulder bag from Varun Manchanda in India. Crafted of soft, quality leather, the bag closes with a magnetic button under the flap. The bag's ample interior is divided in two by a zipper pocket. L

Men's leather messenger bag, 'Adventurer' (Peru)

Crafted by hand, this handsome messenger bag is designed for men. Patsy Chang works in dark brown leather, adding an inner zipper pocket, an adjustable strap and two outer pockets.

Soda pop-top shoulder bag, 'Dazzling Trend' (Brazil)

Neide Ambrosio's original approach to fashion gives way to this trendy shoulder bag. Working with aluminum poptops and based on her crochet expertise, she crafts a shiny bag with environmental regard.

Soda pop-top shoulder bag, 'Midnight Stars' (Brazil)

Shiny soda pop-tops sparkle like stars in the midnight sky in the original design of this shoulder bag. Neide Ambrosio designs this extraordinary bag featuring a zipper pocket in the lined interior. By recycling pop-tops, Ambrosio makes an affirmatio

Upcycled beaded flap handbag, 'Festive Dream' (India)

Embroidered and embellished with sequins, this chic shoulder bag is crafted by hand. A vibrant patchwork of recycled fabrics brings bright color to an original design. From Vipin in India, the handbag opens to reveal a zipper pocket and hangs from a

Upcycled beaded flap handbag, 'Vibrant Splash' (India)

Embroidered and embellished with sequins, this chic shoulder bag is crafted by hand. A vibrant patchwork of recycled fabrics brings bright color to this original design. From Vipin in India, the handbag opens to reveal a zipper pocket and hangs from

Wool flap bag, 'Zapotec Orchids' (Mexico)

Irene Ruiz adapts the traditional Mexican morral, for this design. A handwoven shoulder bag, the utilitarian bag was a lunch bag and carryall for men in the countryside. Today's version features a flap with a button closure and a convenient inner poc

Wool shoulder bag, 'Country Dawn' (Peru)

Dawn blossoms convey the joy of a new day. Raul Ulloa Baylon designs this charming shoulder bag, crafted from handloomed wool. The flowers are embroidered by hand with a chenille effect, and the purse has two inner pockets.