New Kitenge Fabric Bags
We are so excited to show you our new addition to the shop and we just couldn't wait.
Last week, we had a delivery of stunning Kenyan Kitenges.
A Kitenge, if you are unaware, is a traditional sarong-type piece of cloth that Kenyan women wear and use to carry their babies on their backs. They are usually about 4 yards long and about a yard wide.
Kitenges are usually very colourful and have bold patterns. They are traditionally made as batiks, using wax, and often carry special meanings or tell their own story.
Throughout this week, we've had these stunning Kitenges sitting there looking at us. I especially, wanted to take them out into the world and show off their beautiful patterns but 4 yards felt like a lot of fabric to try and work into my style!
...and then the idea came to me. We could use each Kitenge in a different way and make several smart tote bags out of them.
So that's what we did!
We fully lined each bag with a contrasting fabric and added some comfortable handles.
So now, you can easily take some of this vibrant piece of Africa out with you; as a shopping bag, beach bag or even to keep your knitting in.
The first few bags will be made by my Mum! She is a perfectionist when she comes to sewing and is amazing at following a design brief! Not to mention, she's been making bags for us all for as long as I can remember.
The plan is to see if these bags sell well (please tell your friends about them! *shameless plug) and if they are a success, we will talk to Bhavni, who is our seamstress artisan in Kenya and commission her to make some more. We hope that she can then add these to her range and give her business an extra boost.
What do you think?
Please let us know if you think the idea is a winner or not (oh... maybe don't tell me that and burst my happy bubble)! Come on over to the shop and take a look at this bag up close by clicking this link.
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Until next time. x