Put the world on your shoulders without actually having to do any work, by copping Ethnotek Bags: TC-born backpacks that spread cultural awareness via limited-edition, colorful front panels made from ethnic textiles ("threads") that are sourced in-person, directly from the artisans who created them, a method that "takes [them] on some pretty hairy adventures", proving that Peter Gallagher's eyebrows can do anything.
The base ETK-Pack itself is constructed from heavy-duty ballistic nylon, is laptop-compatible, and rocks a compression snap-buckle for attaching the thread; plus it's equipped with copious padding on a back panel and shoulder straps, and sports a waterproof "roll-top", but not "roll, top", which is what silly, misguided kids yell at dreidels.
The individual threads range from an eye-catching orange and yellow Ghanian block print, to a series of brightly colored, geometric ones that are hand-woven in Guatemala, Vietnam, and India, to the "Rolls-Royce of all threads": a hand-embroidered number from the women of India's Rabari tribe, whose name loosely translates to "outsiders", and coincidentally, have only recently been introduced to Sodapop.
Since they can't be everywhere at once, the Ethno fellas are always looking for other travelers willing to source finds and "join the tribe" -- though this only applies to you if, like Peter Gallagher, you're willing to get super bushy.
Published: October 4, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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