The design was inspired by a brown Ikea paper bag - all crumpled but proud in its functionality - that I glimpsed through the rear window of a car passing me by on the road to Montpellier, near where I live in the south of France.
I made the bag in my workshop, which is a caravan stranded in a country field where ducks and flamingos are occasional visitors. The ikat fabric I found in southern Philippines.
It is called T'nalak, a tribal fabric made from abaca filaments harvested, hand-dyed, and then hand-woven on looms by members of the T'boli tribe. It is meticulous work; a piece 20 feet long can take as much as two months to create. As a finishing touch, the fabric is polished to a sheen with a piece of shell rubbed by hand all over the length of it.
Bag Measurements -
Height: 8.3 inches or 21cm
Length: 6 inches or 15cm
Width: 4 to 6 inches or 10cm to 15cm
This is lightweight, and very durable. The fabric has been hardened. Wipe with a soft cloth to clean.
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