Materials: raphia, seagrass, cotton leather Sizes: 21cm (height), 33cm (width) Styles: navy shimmer, blue/white black handles, teal jade lining, teal teal lining, navy white, brown handles, buffalo check cream lining, black white black handles, gray/white stripe, buffalo check black lining
Handmade in Madagascar by the Artisans at Lac Mantasoa, these totes are crafted by hand from natural fibers including raphia and seagrass.
Interior cotton drawstring closure hides and contain your items, but tucks down along the sides of the bag, out of the way, when not in use.
This tote works well as a handbag for everyday use as it holds all the essential items like water bottle, keys, phone, mask, sanitizer, a small snack perhaps, and a book or two, yet it is compact enough to take anywhere.
I have purchased these totes at a fair price in person, directly from the Makers. They work in a lovely Basket Making Studio. On the same grounds is an amazing childcare center and, just over the lane in the trees, a grade school for the children of the community. Health care is brought in on a regular basis to this center from quality health professionals from the capital city of Antananarivo. I am happy and confident to partner with the Maker center at Lac Mantasoa and am proud of their quality workmanship.
You can view the photo of the Basket Makers on our Instagram Profile under the 'Makers: Baskets' Highlight.
Moreover, part of the profits of Distaff&Spindle items is reinvested back into Madagascar towards the poor and the quality organizations who work alongside them.
The Medium Basket is a great size for grocery/market shopping, as a handbag, or as a weekender for short trips.