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The Kedi Bag - Shoowa Fringe
We’ve combined the classical beauty and tradition found in the handcrafted Shoowa cloths of the Shoowa people of The Congo with natural vegetable tanned leather to create a unique line of drum/bucket bags we’ve named Kedi.
Earthy and organic, visually engaging and full of surprises the Shoowa cloth is unique to the Shoowa people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Known for their elaboration, complexity of design and surface decoration, Shoowa people traded them as currency and they were the standard by which a family's wealth and status were judged.
The cloth is fabricated from the leaf of the raffia palm tree, the plant with the longest leaves in the world. Woven by men, and embroidered by women with no stitching visible on the back, they were sewn together for ceremonial dress and covered royal stools.
The Shoowa are masters of the cut-pile embroidery technique. It consists of passing threads between the warp and weft threads with a needle, without any visible stitches or knots. The threads are then trimmed, leaving a short cut velvet pile.
This vegetable tanned leather drum bag is accented with Kuba (Shoowa) Raffia cloth.
- Drawstring Top Closure with Tassel Accents
- Silver buckle and hardware
- 100% Cotton Lining
- Adjustable Leather Shoulder Strap
- Height 24cm
- Width 17cm
- Depth 17cm
- Drop 68cm
Because all our products are handmade and hand dyed, there may be colour and shape variations, which is what makes our products unique and individual. These small variations add to the charm, tactile look and feel of each item.
We sincerely hope that you will enjoy each piece as much as we enjoyed making it for you.