Take your journey onward and upward with this Fijian backpack. This handwoven backpack is created by local Fiji women; it features a double-layer-wide weave with adjustable canvas straps and metal buckles. The bag is open on the top (does not have a closure flap) and includes handcrafted leather handles.
Approx. 40H x 35W x 9D cm.
or 16H x 14W x 3.5D in.
About the Artisans & Production Process:
Coastal partner communities produce handwoven pandanus bags. These forms can be easily stacked for transport on horseback or bundled together for transport by boat. Upon arrival at our office, the handwoven bags are re-shaped, trimmed, and varnished before sewing the hand-painted canvas straps, and attaching the buckles with an industrial machine. Soft leather is cut by hand and hand-stitched onto the bag. Through the production of pandanus bags, women learn multi-dimensional weaving techniques providing an opportunity to beginning and mid-skill weavers to access a market for their handwork. Our Studio Collection team manages the leather finishing work, providing professional job training opportunities to youth from our rural partner communities, including persons with disabilities.