Rustic Stripe Wool Tote by Ikavu. A unique, handwoven basket with a pattern of wide stripes. This roomy, medium sized tote bag has two leather shoulder straps that make it easy to grab as you head out the door. Great for the beach or farmer's market.
This bag was handcrafted by members of the Ikavu Weavers Collective in Kenya. It is made from their soft and durable wool/acrylic blend yarn. The colors include navy blue, ochre, and tan. This tote has a classic look. It's beautiful, practical, and artisan-made.
The leather straps are crafted from minimally processed vegetable tanned leather with a reddish brown finish. This bag also has a leather trim around the top edge, and is open at the top, in the classic tote bag style. Your purchase from the Ikavu Collective helps support women weavers and artisans in Africa.
10" H, 16" W
Circumference: 32" approx
Diameter (top): 15"
Diameter (bottom): 10"
Handles: 32" in total length
About The Designer: Ikavu was founded by two women — one from Kenya and one from California. Together with weavers and artisans they established the Ikavu Weavers Collective in 2012. One of their core principles is to create quality goods made with fair labor practices. Through their partnership with artisans in Kenya they have been able to achieve that vision.
Ikavu's designs are made from sustainable materials including sisal, baobab bark & naturally tanned leather by artisans in Kenya using traditional East African weaving techniques. Every bag is made with a focus on quality workmanship & design.
Ikavu believes everyone should have a great everyday tote bag -- a practical, reusable bag that you’ll love. There’s a good reason they stand behind this philosophy. It’s estimated that each reusable bag purchased will save over a thousand disposable bags. When you purchase a bag from Ikavu, you are helping create the next chapter in the story. Your purchase provides opportunities for talented artisans, and benefits their families and communities.
"It's the little things people do. That's what will make the difference."
- Wangari Maathai
About The Materials
Naturally Tanned Leather: This leather is tanned using traditional, low‐impact methods. Unlike large factories, these artisanal techniques utilize tree bark and small‐scale, sustainable practices. The finished product is a quality vegetable tanned leather that is dark or red brown on one side with a soft suede finish on the other. Subtle variations in color due to the craftsman process are part of the handmade nature of the leather.
Wool Blend Yarns: Ikavu uses wool-acrylic blend yarn to make their softest woven bags. These wool bags use yarn as well as sisal fiber in the weaving process. The resulting material is durable and practical, and the colors are bright and beautiful.