Handbags

 

   

Our handbags are made from the Water Hyacinth an exotic weed grown vigorously in the water of Tha Chin and the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.

It's notorious for doubling their bio mass in a couple of weeks and cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically affects water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish.

 

 

Our artisans are very resourceful and have a solution for this problem by harvesting the plant from the river, they cut the usable part, the stem, then lay them out  for 2 to 4 days to naturally dry under the sun. Once the stems are completely dry the artisans use a hand pressure machine to flatten out the stems. This technique creates a soft and usable straw that they can easily braid together. Finally, we create unique wooden molds for the artisans to craft beautiful handbags.

The bags are then taken to a talented group of artisans that craft silk pom-poms and tassels and finish decorating each style. It takes the artisans 12 days to craft one exclusive piece