The area known as the Balkans is mountainous, and covers much of Southeast Europe, including the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania and northern Greece.
During 1800s - 1900s, much of the area was formerly governed from Istanbul as part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Different regions secured independence from it in a series of wars in the late 1800s and early 1900s. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the emerging nationalistic sentiment of the time reflected in their art and crafts inlcuding their stunning textiles influenced by different ethnic, linguistic, or religious groups – Albanian and Serb, Christians and Muslims – lived in close proximity to one another in neighbouring villages. Textiles were made locally, varying distinctly from village to village, so that the wearer’s origin was immediately recognisable.
Inspired by spectacular Balkan textile designs have been created and valued as far back as the 18th century, Mlavi applied their unique, colorful and beautiful patterns to vegan leather bags, wallets and accessories. This collection contains Bori cross body bags, Seattle cross body bags, flat wallets, vintage style kiss lock frame coin purses and small pouches.
They are available for wholesale to verified retailers and corporate gift buyers. We deliver world wild. They are most suitable for trendy boutiques, gift shops and museum gift stores.