Woven Hello To The Sunny Season!
There's something about the warmer weather that draws us towards accessories made from natural materials. You'll be glad to know that woven bags are not just for the summer, they are for life and they are a universal wardrobe cult classic! These particular bags are typically made through various weaving methods, where a vertical strand (warp) and a horizontal strand (weft) are interlaced to form a fabric that can be transformed into something wearable. Popular woven materials are raffia and canvas. Canvas is a water resistant textile made from either cotton, hemp or linen; and it's known for being durable. Some canvas materials contain PVC, which enhances its water resistance.
In case you're wondering, straw and raffia are both natural fibres that seem very similar in appearance, however, they are different in their origin and characteristics. Raffia comes from segments of the leaves on the Raphia Farinifera palm (aka Raffia Palm.) It has a natural resin in the leaves, which increases its longevity; making each strand more flexible and naturally water resistant. It is a soft binding material, which enables the production of accessories; it is also more lightweight, making anything raffia the ultimate travel companion! Raffia is usually handcrafted by artisans, using traditional weaving and braiding techniques. The consistent innovation makes it a beautiful and sustainable material that's crafted to last and to be worn forever. Whereas, straw is the dry stalk of cereal plants, it absorbs moisture and can be brittle over time. It is a stiff fibre, so it can't be manipulated into shapes easily.
The spring and summer wardrobe should be light and breezy, hence the same should apply to our bags! Woven and textile bags were primarily carried on the beach or on holiday, but over time their uses have shifted. High-end designers have refined and modified the humble 'beach bag' so that they can easily be integrated in our everyday lifestyles. Whether you're heading to the office, collecting fresh produce from your local farm shop, or taking a walk around town; these are the best woven textile bags to sling over your shoulder...
Written by Giovanna Scozzari