Crafted using Banana Bark and authentic African Mud Cloth from Mali, this Black Mud Cloth Clutch bag is not only beautiful but 100% Vegan. Carry it as a stylish accessory or toss it in your bag to make sure all your important items are in a safe place. Perfect for storing your passports, beauty essentials, cards and phones.
Each clutch bag is beautifully handmade using authentic Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. Banana bark, which is a natural fibre, is used for to make the body of the clutch.
Every purchase of the Mud Cloth Clutch empowers women artisans in Kenya, providing an alternative, sustainable income to support themselves and their families.
Size: H 21 cm x W 28 cm approximately
As with all handwoven items, slight variations will occur
Material: Malian Cotton Mud Cloth and Banana Bark
Care Instructions: Just give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth to clean. For all-day-everyday ease
Mud Cloth is a traditional West African textile. As the name suggests, the fabric is created by using fermented mud to produce pigment for dye. It is comprised of cotton, naturally dyed with mud-based pigment from the Niger river, and is woven in the ancient method of strip weaving. It is then decorated with geometric patterns drawn over the mud pigment with soap. Mud Cloth has become a symbol of Bongolan cultural identity and has been exported as an iconic international textile used in fashion, home design and fine art.
An incredible amount of banana fibre waste is often left on the ground to biodegrade. Also known as Musa fibre, it is one of the strongest natural fibres. This biodegradable natural fibre from the bark of the banana plant is so durable that if we make currency notes from it, the notes can be used for more than a hundred years. The Fibres are extracted from the bark of the banana tree and converted into yarns for weaving fabric. Vegetable dyes are used to create specific and preferred depths of colour. Transforming waste into usable fabric and products is a big win for the environment and ecosystem.
About The Brand
Bahati Collection was born out of a passion project for African handmade items, determined to preserve the rich heritage of these beautiful pieces. These items embody a craftsmanship and cultural design that has been passed down through generations, preserving history in every inch. Every product is handmade by one singular artisan, handpicked to be part of the Bahati Collection.
Bahati Collection strives to be an ethical, sustainable brand that aims to empower communities by celebrating local cultures and creating employment opportunities. Working with women cooperatives and self-help organisations in Kenya who are living in economically disadvantaged rural backgrounds, Bahati Collection is determined to share the crafting intricacies of Africa with the world.
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