Nova Raffia Bag

$39.95

SKU: S- 104724

Simple, clean lines and all natural materials make this bag a minimalist's dream. Horizontal stripes on one side, and vertical on the other, are accented by a splash of fuchsia that complements the wooden accents on the sides which double as handles. So, grab the wooden handles of this fully zip-able bag, or wear the long braided strap over your shoulder -- and get going!

  • Raffia and cotton
  • Shoulder bag
  • Fully lined
  • Zip closure
  • 2 interior pockets
  • 13" W x 11" H x 5" D (33 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm)
  • 50" L (127 cm) braided strap
  • 5.5" (14 cm) wooden handles
  • 7" L (17.8 cm) inner zip compartment
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Cameroon

Priscilla Njankou, designer and founder of Ma'mitons, is playing at the top of her game and as a result her fair-trade, sustainable raffia bags look smashing!

Priscilla's story is a bit of a fairy tale: she was born a Cameroonian princess in the village of Bangoulap and was given the nickname "Ma'mitons" in honor of her great-grandmother. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Priscilla looked for an idea that would, she says, "connect my culture to the rest of the world while preserving our planet Earth; by using natural resources and the know-how of artisans from Cameroon."

That is where the fairy tale ended, and her dreams came true. Her love of fashion and her understanding of the importance of raffia in central Africa add up to a successful and unique business venture featuring alluring purses, clutches, handbags, and beach totes in lightweight, durable, environmentally-friendly materials with fun, fresh touches. The best part is that the artisans who harvest, dye, weave, and sew the materials into bright, cheery designs are fairly paid, which enables them to improve their family's economic status. 

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