This flat tote bag features a unique composition of patchwork embroidery that highlights upcycled fabric remnants of our hand-dyed textiles. These small pieces that make up the design are given a new lease on life and connected with bold embroidery details that add charming textural accents to the bag.
A comfortable shoulder strap length keeps the bag snugly against your body without constricting movement. The inner lining is a highly durable cotton canvas that will ensure many years of sustained use. For extra utility you’ll find an interior slip pocket, making it easy to safely store and retrieve smaller items like your keys and phone. A brass magnetic clasp sits at the top to securely keep all your belongings inside.
The patchwork features a combination of locally handwoven textiles and our own naturally dyed fabrics created using the intricate method of stitch-resist shibori.
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Please note that due to the handcrafted nature of our works each one is unique and the color/pattern may vary slightly from the image.
This piece was individually hand-crafted from upcycled fabric remnants. Each fragment is securely held in place with textural embroidery.
The fragments in the patchwork composition highlight the artistry of an ancient Japanese dyeing technique called shibori. This is a method of creating intricate patterns by manipulating and compressing cloth in a way that is similar to tie-dye. Stitching and tying hundreds of threads by hand makes this an especially time intensive process, and one yard of fabric dyed in this way can often take an entire week of work.
The special characteristic of shibori patterns are soft blurred edges with nuance and subtle shade gradations. What lends these pieces a powerfully unique quality is the infinite amount of minute variations. Shibori designs can appear structured, but by looking closer at the details one finds elements of the human touch everywhere. Each and every piece is entirely unique. This feature makes it easy to enjoy the designs and remain intrigued by them for many years.
Using indigo and other natural dyes throughout our process lets us create textile works that will age gracefully over time. We’ve taken the extra effort to put our pieces through multiple thorough washes to minimize the risk of color transfer. This way you can rest assured that our textiles are ready to become a part of your daily life.