Look at these patterns!

Just look at the fabrics used to make this piece.

These very unique and colorful handmade backpacks are also extremely useful – with their three roomy zippered compartments and adjustable straps.

Found at Ayindisa in Ridgefield, they’re made from recycled, decorative African cotton fabrics by three seamsters in a small workshop in Accra, Ghana. Their purchase helps support the artisans, preserve their craft and provide income for their families. $35. Ayindisa, 18 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, (203) 894-1115. www.ayindisa.com

Melinda McGarty Webb