ARWAY....."Mau Nah"(It's Me)

Saint Paul, Minnesota On Etsy since 2016

4 Sales


ARWAY....."Mau Nah"(It's Me)

Saint Paul, Minnesota | 4 Sales



Last updated on Feb 15, 2017



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    Made in Liberia for the rest of the world...Arway "Mau Nah"(It's Me)

    ARWAY (Ah-way) means beautiful in KRU a local language in Liberia. The KRUS are not unique to Liberia, as they can be found in different communities around West Africa, with slight variation in the language. ARWAY bags are design, and handmade by Liberian artisans. Our staff travel around West Africa to handpick cloths, skins, and wood that makes our bags unique.

    Since the beginning of time Africans live of the land, we cannot stray from tradition, but find means of modernizing and helping our tribes keep with tradition. Thus, we buy directly from local hunters,contributing to their livelihoods. We believe it is important Liberia continues to maintain a low carbon emission record; we strive to use materials that were produced locally, or were recycled when feasible.

    ARWAY bags are made from the finest West African Ankara and leather, to ensure durability. Fabrics are handpicked, and designed to fit all. We are proud to work with local Liberian artisans in various sectors to create unique couture bags. ARWAY stands for authentic African style, enduring craftsmanship, and innovation. We are proud to design bags and accessories that are functional, stylish, and embellish to ensure all eyes are on you, while impacting lives. ARWAY collections are inspired by various tribal groups(Mande,Mel,and Kru) and individuals in Liberia, and the authenticity of their traditions.

    Bassa Collection
    The Bassas are located on the coast, and were one of the first ethnic groups to interact with foreigners. They are know to be great servicers. This collection is depicted out of the Bassa's ability to remain salient, but important. The rich and vibrant Ankara Prints are interwoven with snake and iguana skins.

    Gola Collection
    The oldest of the Liberian tribes and they are known to be reserved. Which many interpret as being mean spirited “When you enter a Gola town no one lives there”. This collection is made out of snake and iguana skin, vibrant colours, and sealed which depicts the Golas’ self-reliance ethos.

    Kru Collection
    “Peace was in Heaven until the Krus arrive”. The Krus are known to be the fighters. Always assertive willing to exert themselves and will do anything to protect their own. This collection is made out of crocodile skins for the bold and funky that is embedded within Kru couture.

    Lorma Collection
    The Lorma are seen as the loyalist. Lormas are view to be honest and will always have your back. The Lorma collection is made out sheep and cow hides, a dash of country cloth and ankara,versatile in simple hues and style.

    Malik Collection(UNISEX)
    Vibrant hues for bold men, and women who choose to be daring!! These accessories (bags,belts,jewelry, pens,etc) are combination of leather, wood, ankara, and animal skins.

    Saukoko Collection
    The collection depicts the fire that burned in an impeccable King who defied all social norms in order to set the pace for change in her community. Liberia faces immense issues today what is the fire in you going to change? Hand painted acrylic designs on leather bags showcasing vast issues many Liberians face daily.

    ARWAY Baby
    Inspired by the active ones in our lives. Ankara and wooden accessories for adventurous little ones who love to move!!

    Shop members

    • Marit

      Owner, Designer

      The manifestation of an idea from theory to actuality are moments I cherish. In my spare time I jot down my unstructured thoughts.... and volunteer when I can.

    • Mamaduo

      Maker, Procurement

      My father inspire me to become a professional handbag maker. At the age of fifteen I decided to perfect the art of bag making. Making bag is not just about earning a living, but leaving a legacy for my children to one day follow.

    • Ousman


      At the age of 7 years I started making handbags. I love working hard, and working with people who are dedicated to their profession. “I am hard working, because I like to make money”.

    • Konah


      From a young age Konah's father thought him the art of wood carving. Over the years Konah has master the art, and currently utilizing his skill to carve several items using various wood originating from West Africa.

    • Frank


      "He was born to be an artist" said a colleague. Frank started drawing from an early age. He is known as one of the best artists in Liberia. He is currently working at Heritage newspaper, and freelance when the calling is right.

    Shop policies

    More information

    Last updated on Mar 20, 2017
    Frequently asked questions
    Wholesale availability

    Yes, wholsale pricing differ base on quantity.

    Custom and personalized orders

    Each bag or accessories can be made uniquely base on specifications given. However, custom order will take 3 to four weeks to process and deliver. As it is a first come first serve basis.

    Disclaimer about products with Ankara( african prints).

    Due to limited quantity of ankara prints on the market, please read...
    1. All items are unique and handmade, meaning no two items will be exactly alike. Interior/exterior ankara(african print) of bags will always differ, but styles remain the same. 2. Actual colors can be slightly different than shown in picture. 3. Please feel free to ask any questions before you purchase to ensure good experience on both sides. 4. In the rare case where two or more customers check-out the same item at the same time, we will service on a first come first serve basis. 5. Since this is a small business, all sales will be considered as-is and final - but we will be happy to discuss any issues and try to find an amicable solution where feasible.

    Care instructions

    Depending on the usage of your bag, clean your bag quarterly...
    Skins and leather are like Human skin; it needs to be care for. It is important you keep your bag store and cover, to prevent it from dust, and moisture. Do not use any liquid to clean your bag.
    Use dry cloth in the direction of the snakeskin
    Use dry cloth to wipe leather and ankara parts of bag
    For more info on caring for each collection go to our blog.

    Product Availibility

    Please note our workshop is based in Monrovia, Liberia, but we have distribution center in the United States, and Nigeria. Should you like to view more items in stock visit our website to purchase.