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This Shibori Indigo dyed tote bag has been handmade with pure cotton and handwoven straps. The flower design on both sides of the carryall bag has been made by folding and stitching the design using a Shibori stitching technique called Hishakinui. The stitched cloth is dyed in the indigo vat and then sewn into a bag. The shopping bag is finished with a banded trim across the top of the bag and with handwoven carry straps.

Width: 38 cm (15 inches)
Length: 33 cm (13 inches)
Strap Length: 53 cm (21 inches)
Magnetic clip enclosure

I have always been quite fond of the beautiful simplicity and aesthetics of Japanese design. Japan meets Finland, as this bag combines traditional Shibori dye techniques in the cloth of the bag with trim and carry straps handwoven on a Scandinavian band loom.

It takes several days to create these unique carryall bags as each bag goes through several textile processes. First, the Shibori design is carefully stitched and knotted using Japanese Shibori resist dye methods onto natural cotton fabric. Then the knotted fabric is dipped several times into an indigo vat to create the beautiful and subtle shades of blue that only true indigo can give. The dye cloth is then sewn into a bag that is double stitched for strength and finished with French seams. The tote bag is trimmed and finished with handwoven bands.

There are many ways to make an Indigo Vat using different natural materials and chemicals such as soda ash, spectralite, sulphuric acid, iron and even urine. This Indigo Vat uses natural fructose sugar and lime. The sugar reacts with the Indigo and removes one of the oxygen atoms, making the indigo water soluble. The lime changes the pH of the dye solution enabling the Indigo colour to adhere to the cloth. And Indigo Vat can take several hours and sometimes a few days to mature. When the Vat is ready for dyeing, a coppery sheen appears on the surface of the dye stock and a rose of frothy blue bubbles sit on top. The dyebath turns a green colour. As the cloth is dipped into the Indigo Vat, the colour of the cloth changes to green. When the cloth is raised into the air, the Indigo re-oxidizes and the cloth magically turns a lovely shade of blue. The cloth must be dipped and lifted into the air several times to create deep blues.
An Indigo Vat can be kept going for several weeks and even years by careful maintenance and feeding.

This vegan carry bag is not lined, to make it lightweight, so that you can folr or scrunch it up and take it with you for your trip to the market. Not just for your shopping, there are many other uses for this verstaile carryall sack:
Market tote
Reusable grocery bag
Gym bag
Knitting bag
Beach bag
Shoe bag
Toy bag
Diaper bag
Book bag

The natural Indigo dyed tote bag can be safely machine washed in cold water. Hang to dry. As this is natural indigo, please wash separately, just like your jeans. Naturally dyed colours will gently fade over time.

These useful and eco-friendly bags can be made in different sizes or colours of handwoven straps. Please contact me regarding a custom order.

To save on shipping costs, items valued at under £20 are shipped by Royal Mail Standard delivery. Items valued at over £20 are shipped by Royal Mail tracked and signed.

Please visit my PaivatarYarn shop for more hand spun, hand woven and hand made products. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaivatarYarn/

Shibori Indigo Market Bag cotton reusable hand dyed tote shopping grocery beach eco handwoven band market boho vegan tie dye


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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Blue
  • Secondary color: White
  • Materials: cotton, organic cotton, Indigo dye
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 47 reviews
  • Favorited by: 60 people

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