MAPENZI: Handwoven Green, Brown and Grey Backpack

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Brand new for 2020, MAPENZI is a stylish and totally unique wool backpack featuring tribal-inspired designs in pops of green, brown, grey and blue. Woven using wool unravelled from second-hand jumpers bought at rural Kenyan markets, MAPENZI will bring a hearty dose of ethical colour and craft to any look. Like what you see? Then snap MAPENZI up now because when she’s gone, she’s gone!

This sustainably-produced bag is woven by a member of Kenya’s renowned Kamba tribe, working within a cooperative. Once the four days of weaving work is done, these woven backpacks bags are sent to a local tannery where soft, cow hide shoulder straps are made and fitted by skilled leatherworkers. Sustainable through and through, MAPENZI's metal bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangware slum.

Each one of these woven bags is unique and sustainably-made, woven according to the weaver’s design choices, choosing from what recycled, coloured yarns are available at the time. Backpacks take up to four days to weave, in between farming, housework, childcare and churchgoing. Basket weaving is a vital source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the volatile nature of crop and livestock farming through drought.

Want to know more about the people behind the bags? Meet the weavers HERE



Dimensions:  Bottom Diameter: 24cm, Basket Height: 22cm

Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.

Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.



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