Up-cycled Colorful African Tote Bag


Shipping to United States: $29.05

Mixing comfort, color and culture, style and sustainability... introducing the best of contemporary African design.

The globalized economy puts a premium on one- off, customized objects touched by human hands. And as these products prove, African hands make exceptionally crafted, artistic pieces, often with the added bonus of being sustainable and also ethical.

42 x 39 cm

Up cycling: This was once a shirt... The cloth is rag woven in Madagascar, where cast-off cotton shirts are turned into high-end textiles on African hardwood Hugh looms. Before the weavers work their magic, the offcuts are sorted into colors, pulled apart to provide thread for the warp and shredded using hand blades into narrow strips for the weft. Those strips are tied tightly together then rolled into balls, ready for mounting on the loom. Each stage of this process requires a separate set of hands.

Because they are hand crafted from recycled material each product has a unique, inimitable thumbprint. No two are quite alike. But in all cases, their vibrant colors and artistry reflect the customs, culture and outlook of the people who weave them.

These bags are motivated by a wish to reduce the amount of castoffs contributing to Madagascan landfills; and inspired by a desire to transform damaging waste into objects of luxury and beauty, providing income for rural villagers and empowering people along the way.


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