Bags With a Purpose


In the local Congolese language of Lingala, Totonga Bomoi means “Build Our Future”, and that’s exactly what these handcrafted bags do for artisans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over 50 women artisans have participated in an apprentice program to learn sewing, management, and business skills they can eventually use to create and manage successful businesses of their own.

By empowering entrepreneurs, building communities, and promoting economic justice and human dignity, Totonga Bomoi has created a fair-trade business cooperative that enables women to generate income and build a home for their families by using their talents as seamstresses. The FIA Museum Shop is the only place in the area you can purchase these amazingly colorful bags with a purpose.

The FIA Museum Shop is a must-see part of your museum experience. With a range of art-inspired and artist made merchandise, the Museum Shop has jewelry, stationery, ceramics, glass, textiles, books, children’s items, and home décor that is unique to the area. From locally known to internationally acclaimed and fair trade artists, the collection of merchandise at the Museum Shop changes regularly so you will find something new every time you come in. 

Our large assortment of merchandise includes items related to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, as well as great souvenirs with the FIA logo to remember your visit to the museum. Young and old alike, there’s something fun and unique for every taste at the FIA Museum Shop.

Museum Shop Hours
Monday – Saturday10a–5p

*The Museum Shop is open late for select special events