ToinoAbel

Sustainable Handwoven Bags

Leiria, Portugal | 1189 Sales

ToinoAbel

Sustainable Handwoven Bags

Leiria, Portugal 1189 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(238)

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Announcement   NEW VIDEO IS OUT!!! Meet our transparent production process at https://www.toinoabel.com/ourstory/

Each Toino Abel basket is handmade, unique and part of our history.
With passion we aim to keep tradition.

http://instagram.com/toino_abel/

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 13, 2018

NEW VIDEO IS OUT!!! Meet our transparent production process at https://www.toinoabel.com/ourstory/

Each Toino Abel basket is handmade, unique and part of our history.
With passion we aim to keep tradition.

http://instagram.com/toino_abel/

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5 out of 5 stars
(238)
  • Shelly on Sep 19, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars
  • kozbob on Sep 11, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    The reed is so soft to touch (not prickly feeling); handicraft is so well done, it's a beautiful and interesting bag! Love it!

  • lucia423 on Sep 8, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love, Love, Love this bag!!!! Exactly what I was looking for and as described.

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About

OUR STORY

My great grandfather was called José Custódio Barreiro. He was a farmer and a good business man living in the small Portuguese village of Castanheira. I heard many stories about him from my father and my grandfather, both drawing the picture of a very strict and serious man strongly concerned with his commerce. Portugal at the time was extremely rural and my great grandfather earned his living by producing olive oil and wine. And, of course, his famous reed baskets. He sold many baskets to places all over Portugal and delivered the baskets with a cow and cart. My great grandfather employed many people in Castanheira, all working in the production of baskets. After my great grandfather died, his son that was my granduncle took over the business. And after his death it was continued by my grandaunt who is still overlooking the production of baskets today. However, nowadays the business is very small and the staff of my grandaunt only consists of six people. All employees are old and have worked for the company for many decades. They are handcrafting the baskets in the same traditional technique of the time of my great grandfather.

Every step of the process is done by hand: The women cut the reed sticks into bunches of equal size, clean and dry them and clear their colour in a process of burning sulphur. Afterwards they colour the remaining darker pieces with colour pigments and weave them on a hand loom in a variety of patterns. The finished parts are being stitched together in the form of a bag. The handles of the baskets are made of willow branches that are bound and fastened onto the baskets.

Sometimes I am sad because I know that the craft of making baskets is coming to an end. When this last generation of old workers dies it might be the end of the Portuguese reed basket tradition. But before this happens I would like to share and cherish this beautiful part of my culture heritage with you.

Yours Sincerely,
Nuno Henriques

Shop members

  • Nuno

    Owner

    At a time when young Portuguese people were told to emigrate, he returned to Portugal with his pink bicycle and a huge desire to get some ideas moving. It was then that he decided to redeem this moribund tradition.

  • Sara

    Designer, Designer

    Sara Miller was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, in 1978. A Fashion Design graduate from CITEX, interned at WGSN in London and did Illustration at Central St. Martins, worked as a designer at Zara Woman and Massimo Dutti.

  • Alice

    Maker

    Alice Sireau was born in La Vendée, in 1995. She graduated in Embroidery at Lycée Gilles Jamain, Rochefort. She interned at Toino Abel, Embroidery for Haute Couture Collections at Textiles & Broderie HUREL and CMO Paris.

  • Celeste

    Maker

    Cleste Silva is our main weaver, being responsible for other 5 looms and coordinate all work with local weavers. She was born in Portugal and lived in Angola, France and United States.

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Last updated on Jun 13, 2018
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Sizing details

Length x Depth x Height

Centimeters

XS
21 x 15 x 18

XS-Tall
21 x 15 x 26

S
29 x 18 x 20

M/L
36 x 20 x 25

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Length x Depth x Height

Inches

XS
8 x 6 x 7

XS-Tall
8 x 6 x 10,2

S
11,5 x 7 x 8

M/L
14 x 8 x 10

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M/L feels like a large handbag, medium beach basket. We do not place shoulder strap in this side as it is too bulky to use at the shoulder.

You can always sneak at our instagram to have a better idea of sizes - https://www.instagram.com/toino_abel/ - or write us at hello@toinoabel.com

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