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Kimono silk and denim messenger bag

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This bag features two panels of kimono silk, one in purple and grey, and the other with flowers in yellow, teal and red, which I collaged on to soft, recycled denim. All the designs in these silks are woven in, not printed. I understand this technique- in theory. But when I look at the complexity of the woven designs, and all the colors, I see these are amazing, and exquisite works of textile art.

The silk panels are stitched down with my favorite crazy, meandering stitching, done in black. I added some coin charms just for fun. The back of the bag is a cotton fabric printed with butterflies.

The bag is 7 ½ inches square, and closes with a loop and a button. It's lined with handpainted fabric I printed with bubblewrap! There is a small inside pocket. The strap is a cord, twisted from recycled sari silk yarn, so it's as strong as it is colorful. I made the strap extra long, at 60 inches, so this bag could be worn across the body, messenger style, by women of all sizes. If the strap is too long for you, just knot it at the correct length, and cut off the excess.

Kimono silk and denim messenger bag


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage kimono silk, recycled denim, handpainted fabric, sari silk yarn, coin charms
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 1094 reviews
  • Favorited by: 30 people