The artisans behind this custom money holder come from a tradition of shoe-making as a means of providing for their living, and for that reason they are called “untouchables” as part of the Chamar (hindi for “low caste”) community in India. As part of the Chamar community, these artisans are often neglected and deprived of basic human rights and dignity. Those of a higher caste refuse to touch anything made or touched by them, and in some cases will work to completely disconnect them from society as a whole.
Income from products like the money cards is allowing these artisans to make a sustainable living, create employment, and gain dignity in their community. The leather is vegetable-tanned.