Fabric: Cotton brocade feature fabric with matching blue fabric. The lining is blue cotton fabric.
- H: 27 cm (10.5 inches)
- W: 21 (8.5 inches)
- D: 6 cm (2.5 inches) (gusset)
- Magnetic clasp on front
- Handy pockets under flap in feature fabric including with velcro fastening
- Fully lined
- Adjustable strap
- Internal zip pocket
- Discreet external zip pocket on rear
- Limited edition (only 4 were made from this fabric)
- Can be gently hand washed
The artists are paid a royalty fee for every metre printed.
Please note that each bag is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.
Fair Trade: #whomadeyourbag – Mr Run Cheak and his wife make the small and large messenger bags. They have been working for social enterprise Kravan House for more than 15 years. Mr Run Cheak was a farmer who stepped on a landmine in 1993. At Kravan House he retrained as an artisan which has given him good steady income and he has become a master craftsman.
Care Instructions: Dry cleaning recommended. Some of our customers wash their bags by hand or on a gentle machine cycle.
About the ADIRE technique:
Every length is unique as it’s created by hand with a mix of waxing, dyeing and over-dyeing. The primary design is made with wax applied with a block.
Produced in a small workshop – this is REAL African wax – the bright fabric you usually see called “African wax” is machine printed in factories.
The base cloth is a brocade so has an interesting pattern in the weave that adds complexity to the finish.
West Africa has a tradition of resist printing. In Nigeria the technique used in this length is called Adire Eleko (see below) – traditionally cassava paste was used but now it is generally wax. It similar to batik techniques used in SE Asia.
WEIGHT: estimated 140 gsm – in Nigeria they don’t use GSM (unfortunately) – this fabric is ideal for clothing. The fabric has very slight additional body due to the technique of waxing and will soften slightly after washing.
COLOR: The base cloth was white, then it was dyed with bright blue and black. The photos are color accurate.
Each circle is around 4.5 inches/11.5 cm.
This fabric was imported from an artisan in Abuja Nigeria.