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:

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.

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.
Leather Strap (Note: As the cross body strap is made of a natural material, each strap varies slightly in texture and color)
Includes cotton draw string insert
Made in Ghana

Height: 8 - 11"
Width: 11 - 15"
Depth: 3 - 4"
Cross body strap (removable): 46"

We make every effort to provide our customers with the best-handcrafted and high-quality bags. Please note that all our processes to make the bags are done by hand, from curing, cutting, and treating the leather to using up-cycled huipils. Our bags have natural characteristics and qualities that should not be considered as flaws or as damage because they do not interfere with the functionality of the bag. We up-cycle vintage Maya clothing to make beautiful one-of-a-kind products. Many times you will find snags in the pattern. This is normal. Should your patterned huipil snag you can snip the loose threads with scissors. Do not pull them.
Some people also like to use Scotchgard Brand Protector on the fabric portion of their bag.
Should you choose to, you may use a leather conditioner but many of our customers prefer to let the natural oils of their skin wear on the leather to get that buttery soft feel to them, we advise doing a test spot on the leather before applying a conditioner or treatment to the entire bag. You can read our tutorial on how to use the leather care treatment if you choose to go this route.
After 60 days from the time you've received your bag, Nena & Co. will no longer assume responsibility for repairs of your product. However, we are more than happy to assist with recommendations on where you can have your bag repaired. We use our local shoe cobbler or specialty bag shops for any repairs or customization we have done to Nena bags. 
Nena & Co. is not responsible for damages that may occur during care for merchandise; including but not limited to conditioning washing, drying and/or dry cleaning.

Through collaborating with Nena & Co., we are able to give this time honored artistry a platform, as we offer a glimpse into their beautiful process, community, and history. We recognize the importance of high quality craftsmanship and skill, as well as the livelihood of the talented men and women who create these pieces.Artisans who work in collaboration with Nena & Co.earn a fair wage, and are provided with healthcare and scholarships.

These benefits help them thrive, and encourage them to further progress in their own lives.

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