A vision in coral, YOTE is a stylish and compact crossbody bag for wearing everyday or for evenings and travel.
Everything about this beautiful bag’s creation is ethical and sustainable. Crafted by cooperative weavers in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya, YOTE is then hand finished with soft leather at a local tannery. The metal beads on the bag are formed from recycled sand-casted brass: an income source for craftsmen living in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi.
Weaving is a meditative, unhurried craft. The techniques used to produce these small handbags are passed from grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters, instilling generations with an income-generating legacy. Weavers tend to do their basket weaving little and often, fitting their work in with domestic chores and crop farming duties.
Each of our woven crossbody bags is a unique chapter in our story. In producing our basket bags the women of the weaving cooperative can more sufficiently support their families, whose main income relies largely on the unpredictable production of crops. Weaving work helps to pay school fees and buy food, but also brings the gift of empowerment.
All our hand-woven bags come with a thank you card from the cooperative that made it, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & LEATHER
Dimensions: W15cm x H15cm (width is measured at widest part of bag)
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA