This bag is made from African Wax Print Fabric, wooden clasp handle and leather. African wax prints also known as Ankara and Dutch wax prints are usually used for making clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. They are colorful cotton fabrics designed with very bold motifs. The wax prints are part of a nonverbal way of communication among African women, and hereby they carry their message out into the world. Each fabric is named locally by mainly the market women who assign interesting sometimes very funny names to the fabric. The fabric can be named after personalities, cities, building, sayings or occasions. The beauty of this design is in the combination of the fabric used as well as the leather which brings out a unique African style.
The Print used in this bag is locally referred to as ‘Kete pa’ in Akan which means ‘Good mat’ an indication of the intricate design of the fabric which looks like the local mat. The leather used for this bag is leather scraps mainly off cut leather from bag making factories in Europe which has been upcycled or otherwise reused to make this beautiful piece.