These colourful and sturdy market bags are made by a collective of over 400 artisans that work around the countryside of Madagascar.
They are made from all natural fibers, including raffia, rush, sisal and banana palm. These fibers are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. The raw materials are hand dyed and prepared for looming by splitting the palm leaves into thread like balls of yarn for weaving or crocheting, using traditional weaving techniques learned and passed down over 100 years. These fibers are naturally dyed and woven into hats, bags and other accessories. There can be slight differences and irregularities in the shade and shape of the bags due to the nature of its craftsmanship. Because each piece is hand-dyed the natural fibers may fade with time.
We carry them in an ever-changing selection of styles and colours.
La Jolla Round Braided Straw Bag: Hand braided raffia with leather handles & tassel. 16" round.
Gingham Zippered Straw Bag: Woven straw bag, with leather handles, and zippered closure. Small external zippered pocket for easy access and extra organization.
Packs flat for easy travel. Perfect shopping bag for day trips. Handmade from raffia. 17" x 6" x 14".
Santa Cruz Straw Bags: Hand made from raffia with leather handles and leather binding. My favourite feature is their cloth and drawstring closure, which helps prevent items from falling out. 21" x 12" x 8".
Zafran Large Straw Beach Bags with Plastic Liner: The ultimate bag for a beach day, poolside, or a picnic outing. Hand dyed and hand loomed raffia exteriors with an adorable printed plastic liner fit a generous amount of items, while keeping the bag safe from leakage. Leather handles and corners give the bag a polished and functional aesthetic. Handles are long enough to be worn over the shoulder, looped over an arm, or in the hand. 20" x 15" x 8".
Made in Madagascar.