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Small Artisan Made Hand Held Handbag in Sabra Silk & Goats Leather/Deep Red Leather with Vertical Stripes in Reds, Blues, Greens, Gold

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Our beautiful handbag, here offered in size small (we also offer a larger version of the same design, colours will vary) is made from soft goat´s leather combined with sabra silk, a textile originally derived from fibres of the agave plant. The leather is deep red and has been matched with a beautiful sabra in reds, blue, green, gold, brown, grey & cream vertical stripes.

The threads are dyed in multiple colours and then woven together on traditional wooden looms, making each piece unique.

Sabra Silk gets its name from looking and feeling like silk, although it was originally a vegetable material made from fibres of the agave plant (the same plant from which agave syrup is made as well as the more famous Tequila!). Viscose (another vegetable material made from the bark of trees), which is more commonly known, combined with cotton, is also sometimes used to create this material. Known as Sabra Silk, this textile carries a beautiful sheen which is hard to capture in photos. One of the most striking features of this material are the vibrant colours and how they are combined. Note that the sabra silk used on the front and back of the bag is from the same handwoven piece, so the colours match and are in harmony but the placement of the colours may be different. This adds interest as well as making each piece an original. Whatever colour combination you choose, this bag always has the wow factor!

This particular style is made to be handheld, it looks really cute and is comfortable to hold as it is not heavy.

To open and close the bag there is a long zip on the outside and a useful pocket with zip on the inside. The bag is lined and is completely made by hand.

As each bag is unique, I list them separately, so please see my other listings on etsy for more colours in this size and shape in my shop, andaluchic.


HISTORY

It was the arrival of Muslims into Spain in 711 that eventually revolutionised weaving in what is now the Iberian Peninsula (today´s Spain and Portugal). Initially wooden looms required 2 craftsmen, one peddling and each manually “throwing” the shuttle backwards and forwards across the loom. This was later replaced by the automatic shuttle which was controlled by one single weaver sitting in the middle of the loom, operating it with pedals. This caused outrage in its day, as 1 out of every 2 weavers no longer had a job, a far away echo of the mechanisation and more latterly robotisation of our own jobs today. By the end of the Spanish Reconquest in 1492, Al-Andalus´ thriving silk and complex damask weaving industry was already in decline. This was partly due to the loss of crucial know-how, having been a speciality of Muslim Spaniards who were forcibly separated and displaced within Spain to prevent rebellions against the new status quo. This uneasy arrangement came to an end when Muslims who had not converted to Christianity were eventually thrown out of Spain in 1610. Such a loss of manpower and knowledge inevitably resulted in a declining industry as well as an inferior product. Another threat was direct competition from the Low Countries (today´s Belgium and The Netherlands), then The Hapsburg Empire, a hub of high quality weaving reliant on Spanish wool and an Empire into which Spain was swallowed for 2 centuries through a dynastic quirk.


DIMENSIONS

Measures (metric) 32cm wide x 37cm high (including handle) x 11cm deep.

(Imperial) 12 1/2" wide x 14 1/2" high (including handle) x 4 1/2" deep.

Being a handmade product, measurements may vary very slightly.


SHIPPING

Please note that shipping fees do not include any import/export taxes that may be due in destinations outside the European Union and which are the responsibility of the buyer.

We use the Spanish Postal Service to ship inside and outside Spain and every item is registered.

To Spain, shipping times take between 2 and 3 days.

To Europe shipping times usually take between 5 to 10 days.

Outside Europe goods usually arrive within 14 business days but sometimes delays occur at local customs.

Please be mindful that at busy times of year, like Christmas and the New Year, delays will almost certainly occur.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Our beautiful handbag, here offered in size small (we also offer a larger version of the same design, colours will vary) is made from soft goat´s leather combined with sabra silk, a textile originally derived from fibres of the agave plant. The leather is deep red and has been matched with a beautiful sabra in reds, blue, green, gold, brown, grey & cream vertical stripes.

The threads are dyed in multiple colours and then woven together on traditional wooden looms, making each piece unique.

Sabra Silk gets its name from looking and feeling like silk, although it was originally a vegetable material made from fibres of the agave plant (the same plant from which agave syrup is made as well as the more famous Tequila!). Viscose (another vegetable material made from the bark of trees), which is more commonly known, combined with cotton, is also sometimes used to create this material. Known as Sabra Silk, this textile carries a beautiful sheen which is hard to capture in photos. One of the most striking features of this material are the vibrant colours and how they are combined. Note that the sabra silk used on the front and back of the bag is from the same handwoven piece, so the colours match and are in harmony but the placement of the colours may be different. This adds interest as well as making each piece an original. Whatever colour combination you choose, this bag always has the wow factor!

This particular style is made to be handheld, it looks really cute and is comfortable to hold as it is not heavy.

To open and close the bag there is a long zip on the outside and a useful pocket with zip on the inside. The bag is lined and is completely made by hand.

As each bag is unique, I list them separately, so please see my other listings on etsy for more colours in this size and shape in my shop, andaluchic.


HISTORY

It was the arrival of Muslims into Spain in 711 that eventually revolutionised weaving in what is now the Iberian Peninsula (today´s Spain and Portugal). Initially wooden looms required 2 craftsmen, one peddling and each manually “throwing” the shuttle backwards and forwards across the loom. This was later replaced by the automatic shuttle which was controlled by one single weaver sitting in the middle of the loom, operating it with pedals. This caused outrage in its day, as 1 out of every 2 weavers no longer had a job, a far away echo of the mechanisation and more latterly robotisation of our own jobs today. By the end of the Spanish Reconquest in 1492, Al-Andalus´ thriving silk and complex damask weaving industry was already in decline. This was partly due to the loss of crucial know-how, having been a speciality of Muslim Spaniards who were forcibly separated and displaced within Spain to prevent rebellions against the new status quo. This uneasy arrangement came to an end when Muslims who had not converted to Christianity were eventually thrown out of Spain in 1610. Such a loss of manpower and knowledge inevitably resulted in a declining industry as well as an inferior product. Another threat was direct competition from the Low Countries (today´s Belgium and The Netherlands), then The Hapsburg Empire, a hub of high quality weaving reliant on Spanish wool and an Empire into which Spain was swallowed for 2 centuries through a dynastic quirk.


DIMENSIONS

Measures (metric) 32cm wide x 37cm high (including handle) x 11cm deep.

(Imperial) 12 1/2" wide x 14 1/2" high (including handle) x 4 1/2" deep.

Being a handmade product, measurements may vary very slightly.


SHIPPING

Please note that shipping fees do not include any import/export taxes that may be due in destinations outside the European Union and which are the responsibility of the buyer.

We use the Spanish Postal Service to ship inside and outside Spain and every item is registered.

To Spain, shipping times take between 2 and 3 days.

To Europe shipping times usually take between 5 to 10 days.

Outside Europe goods usually arrive within 14 business days but sometimes delays occur at local customs.

Please be mindful that at busy times of year, like Christmas and the New Year, delays will almost certainly occur.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Small Artisan Made Hand Held Handbag in Sabra Silk & Goats Leather/Deep Red Leather with Vertical Stripes in Reds, Blues, Greens, Gold

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