People will go to extreme lengths to show off that they've traveled in the developing world, like traveling in the developing world -- it's far! Get the look while avoiding the malaria/mugging/pirates, with a knapsack from Ethnotek. This brand-new line of roomy, sturdy backpacks is adorned with brightly colored, limited-edition, fair-trade woven front panels sourced directly from small producers around the world, with the goal being to improve "the quality of life for [the] indigenous weavers", which actually just seems greedy now that she's making that Avatar cash. The base bag that all the threads get woven onto is a beast: 2.6lbs of ballistic nylon that works on both camping trips and commutes, and features a laptop compartment for 15"-17" MacBooks, compression straps to tie larger items up, and an airmesh back panel to "reduce the sweaty back syndrome", meaning Justin Timberlake should have been wearing it in that video. Among the worldly panels ready to bedeck your bag: a "hand-loomed Mayan thread from the highlands of Guatemala" with bold, bright lines made of reds and purples, a red plaid design fashioned by the Northern Vietnamese Hmong tribe, and a "randomized patchwork of fabric" from Ghanian producers, whose stuff is so great, it's often Ghanan sixty seconds. If you're globetrotting this fall and see a cool fabric, send a sample to Ethno and they may feature it on a bag soon, but not on your bag, as that's already being torn apart for scraps in an Hyderabad slum.
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