• Now available for pre-order –  Royal Asiatic Society Masks. 

Continuing our support for the communities in India who make our ever-popular book bags, we are now producing masks with the RAS Elephant design. They will be priced at £8 including UK postage. We are happy to send abroad – please contact us for worldwide shipping rates. Please email Amy on ar at if you would like to purchase a mask.


  • The Royal Asiatic Society has teamed up with the not-for-profit enterprise Re-Wrap to make strong, high-quality book bags. Also great for carrying shopping as a re-usable alternative to plastic bags. (main body of bag 38 x 34 x 12cm). We are happy to send worldwide – please contact Amy on ar at for shipping rates.

Made by disadvantaged communities in India to help the workers gain economic independence.

* Chemical & Pesticide Free
* Azo-free dye for printing fabrics
* Made from natural & Organic Cotton that is ethically sourced
* Shipped by sea to minimise the impact on the environment

RAS bag

RAS bag side view

Internationally certified as ‘Fair trade’ by WFTO ”(World Fair Trade Organisation)”. Co-op members and staff receive a fair and living wage. Safe and hygienic working conditions, reasonable working hours (no forced overtime), training and bonuses.

  1. Fabric offcuts strengthen the base of the bags and waste cotton is used for the webbed handles
  2. Recycled cartons are used for packing the bags
  3. The bags can be recycled
  4. Sales support a local paper co-operative by providing them with 500-600kgs of fabric scraps every month from which they make beautiful hand crafted wrapping paper.

Organic cotton is grown in certified pesticide-free and herbicide-free soil, using organic farming methods, which produce healthier fabrics. Using fair trade cotton ensures that the people involved in its production have been paid a fair wage and work in good conditions. It also certifies that a minimum amount of pesticides have been used to grow the cotton.

  • RAS Archive Cards produced on high-quality card using images from the RAS archive

Forthcoming: Archivist’s Choice. A selection of eight cards chosen by the Society’s first archivist, Nancy Charley.

Soon to be restocked: 8 India Cards with envelopes

Soon to be restocked: 8 Mughal Empire Cards with envelopes

In stock: 8 Kunisada Cards with envelopes (eight different designs in one pack)
RAS_Apr 2016 GC pack_wrap layout 1 web version

Printed in Sussex by a team of passionate craftsmen and designers, the RAS Kunisada Card series is now available for purchase. Kunisada (1786-1864) was born near Edo (modern-day Tokyo) as the son of an wealthy merchant. At the age of fifteen he joined the renowned art school of Utagawa Toyokuni and took the name Kunisada. Kabuki actors were his main speciality and formed around 70% of his woodblock prints.

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