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Designed in the U.S. by the Nena & Co. team, we have partnered with verified members of the Fair Trade Federation in Ghana to bring you this original hand woven bag. Our Ghana collection is made by harvesting the center stalk of the tall Kinkahe grass, which quickly replenishes itself with new growth, resulting in a sustainable straw for the future. The weavers who create these bags are mainly subsistence farmers in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana. They often use their weaving income to send their children to school. Thank you for supporting these artisans and our mission to show the celebration, the talent, and culture behind the product and to give opportunities to Artisans around the world.
NOTE: Artisan Ghana Pom Tassel sold separately. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding care instructions for your bag please contact: email@example.com
Full grain leather removable cross body strap
Note: As the cross body strap is made of a natural material, each strap varies slightly in texture and color
100% Hand-woven Kinkahe grass weavings
Hand dyed grass (see below for more 'Creation Process' details)
Note: There may be color variations due to studio lighting
These bags do have imperfections, just like us, these bags are perfectly imperfect. We celebrate these imperfections because they are made by hand! Your bag may vary in size and there may be slight shape variations due to the hand made nature of this collection.
Made in Ghana
Height: 8 - 11"
Width: 11 - 15"
Depth: 3 - 4"
Cross body strap (removable): 46"
Veta vera straw, known locally as kinkahe, is collected from the tops of the grass stalk, then each piece is split in half vertically.
Each half of the split straw is then twisted tightly by rolling it back together to give it strength.
The straw is put in bunches and dyed in boiling water. For bright colors the straw is dyed yellow first, then the color.
The weaver carefully selects appropriate straw for the base, sides and handle. The selection of the proper grass for various parts of the basket is critical to good weaving.
Weaving starts at the base and works up to the rim. The rims are generally finished flat, or wrapped with straw to form a tube like edge.
There are a variety of different handles, but all are made with a sturdy wrapping technique around a grass core.
Remaining bits of straw that are sticking out of the basket are carefully trimmed off.
Leather handles are skillfully applied by local leather workers.
A medium basket takes about 3 days. Some shapes and patterns are more difficult to weave and take longer.