Every handbag in Yali’s Carry On® collection embodies how I choose to lead my life: with vibrant elegance, vast purpose, and a meaningful voice for the cancer experience.
This tote bag is adorned by a peacock, a dazzling bird that replaces its feathers annually, a bird that is a symbol of renewal and new beginnings, and whose feathers are said to be protective and lucky.
My peacock’s tail is comprised of paisley patterns that represent the paisley-laden bandanas that cancer patients wear during their treatment. The 18 brilliant colors serve as a metaphor for the vibrancy of life, and the hearts crowning the peacock’s head emphasize the importance of love and support from family and friends.
Each distinct paisley pattern illustrates each individual’s unique story, and the aggregate beauty is indicative of the collective bond among survivors, family, and community that energizes the triumph over adversity. The expansiveness of the tail expresses how every survivor’s story is wide and intricate; that story must be embraced just as the tail embraces this bag. The peacock’s tail, however, does not fully encircle the bag, reminding us that every survivor’s story, including my own, is still ongoing.