Make "paper or plastic?" a thing from the past. These fashionable market bags are made from completely renewable resources and feature a nui shibori leaf pattern. This "robin's egg" coloured set contains:
1) An extra strong "gorilla bag" tote made of 100% cotton canvas. These totes are stong and BIG, and allow you to carry as much as possible. The double reinforced straps go all the way to the gusset, which is extra wide. Size: height: 15.5" (39.3 cm") length: 14" (35.5 cm) width: 7.5" (19 cm) straps: 20" x1 " (50 x 2.5 cm)
2) A co-ordinating 100% cotton "farmers market" mesh bag for all your produce. It has shoulder straps and also allows you to keep your fruit and veggies from getting squashed in your big bag as it rides close to your body. As well, due to it's design, it can also be hung in your kitchen as a breathable container to house all the fruits and veggies that are best left out of the refrigerator. Size: Approximately same size as plastic store bag. Straps are 28" (71.1 cm)
3) Two 100% linen (with jute closure) bottle bags. Use them to keep your wine, jam or olive oil from hitting your other items, or use them for smaller produce such as grapes or cherry tomatoes. Size: 6"x14" (15.4x35.5 cm)
They are all washable and built to last, unlike the cheap "reusables" you can get at most stores (and are also made from plastic). Each design is hand drawn and hand stitched. All bags are dyed in procion fibre reactive dye and then hand washed and dried. Sold as a set.
Originating in Japan, Shibori is an ancient art form of manual resist cloth dyeing that is still practiced in many countries in the Eastern world today. The word itself, comes from “shiboru” meaning to wring, press or squeeze. Resists are created by using a variety of folding techniques, by wrapping on objects such as a pole or rope, compressing between wooden blocks, tying, and specialized sewing stitches. No two shibori works are identical as any small difference in the process can dramatically change the outcome. Each piece of shibori is its own individual work of art.
Nui or “stitch-resist” shibori uses specialized sewing stitches to bind, pinch and shape the fabric. The stitches will also often direct the flow of dye along the fabric. The stitches are removed after the dying and washing process and the resisted design left behind. Shibori is a process. This piece has been washed, rinsed and made ready for the dye, the resists applied, dyed in the colour(s) you see here, rinsed, the resists removed and then washed, hung to dry and then ironed. Shibori is a very detailed process; each piece must be treated with love, dedication and respect and as a result, it becomes a work of art that cannot be duplicated.
The Japanese aesthetic of “wabi-sabi” embraces imperfection and transience through its preference of natural, asymmetrical and simple design. It is a logical companion to shibori, as the natural fibres, manual process, basic yet elegant designs and the unpredictability of the results are integral to the beauty of each work.
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