Add contemporary, clean design to a beautifully handcrafted bag, made from natural materials, and you've got the Niya Raffia Bag. Simple, yet intricate in its details, our raffia tote makes even the every day tasks look extraordinary!
- Raffia and cotton
- Tote design
- Fully lined
- Zip closure
- 2 interior pockets
- 13" W x 10.5" H x 5" D (33 x 26.7 x 12.7 cm)
- 26" L (66 cm) straps
- 8" L (20.3 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.