Leather bag with multiple pockets carrying a hidden message.
This bag narrates the struggle thousands of Palestinians go through daily. It reveals the checkpoint systems that are purposely designed to make the experience as annoying as possible. The bag doesn’t simply adapt to and give up control to the system, it challenges it by empowering the person who carries it. Waiting in long lines, cramped spaces and pushing between the crowds becomes a smoother experience with the extra cushioned back. A horizontal line of pockets allows for easily accessible additional compartments. The Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint will see a hidden pattern: ‘right of return’ keys (haqq al-awda), only visible under the x-ray machines. The bag becomes a symbol full of meaning, claiming the right to freedom of movement and return to the homeland.
Size: 37cm x 28cm x 14cm
Material: Palestinian cow leather
Design: Areej Ashhab (Palestine), Florian Mecklenburg (Germany), Monika Grütze (Latvia)
Artisan: Jelld workshop, handmade leather (Hebron, West Bank, Palestine)
Producer: Disarming Design From Palestine