African Tote Bags Are The Most Versatile
African Sisal Bag Overall Ranking: 8 out of 10
Global Marketplace: Etsy
The African Sisal bag shown in the picture is known by different names: African Tote bag, African basket bag, African market bag, Summer bag, Beach bag, African Kiondo, Tote bag, Crossbody bag and Bantu basket bag.
I bought this tote handbag in Harare, way back in 1995. Amazingly, it is still in perfect condition. As you can see, the picture speaks for itself.
The African Sisal tote is hand woven in Africa but available for sale from Etsy. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods.
Within Etsy’s markets, millions of people from all over the world connect both online and offline to make, sell and buy unique goods.
Apart from being handmade, the African Sisal handbag is very colourful. Materials used include Acrylic yarn, modern fibre, coloured fibre, sisal fibre and African leather.
In terms of size, you can get this shoulder bag in different sizes starting from small, medium to large. As a handbag which is fully handmade and uniquely designed, its dimensions vary from bag to bag. Within the category of sisal tote handbags, some have inside lining but the one in the picture does not have any lining.
The same applies to colours. Brown is the dominant colour while other handbags have a multi-colour design. The nice genuine leather strap added to the top gives the handbag a special touch.
Pros and Cons
The slight disappointment I have with my tote bag is that it lacks a zipper closure. Fair enough, considering I bought my shoulder bag long back in 1995. It is understandable why certain latest features are missing.
These days, most African sisal tote handbags sourced from different places come with a Zipper closure at the top, two small pockets inside and a fabric lined interior.
I would have preferred the bag with a Zipper closure for the extra security it provides. At least it gives you the option to place your mobile phone or wallet inside its pockets unlike the one in the picture.
Who Is It For?
Frankly speaking, this handbag has multi-functions. It can be used for shopping or as a weekend basket or weekend gateway bag. It is a casual bag suitable for many occasions.
You can’t go wrong by having one of this sisal tote handbags in your wardrobe. It is also a fitting present or gift for your loved ones: your mum, a friend or a work mate.
If you run a business that specializes in the manufacturing of African sisal tote handbags, Etsy is the best marketplace to lean on.
Etsy is a creative marketplace you can join where 29 million buyers around the world shop for unique items. To get help for handbag returns and exchanges, Etsy is ready to help including issues around shipping.
Every basket or African sisal tote bag is unique. So, are the prices. They also vary. The price range fluctuates between £ 14.00-£ 100.00.
Final Opinion / Verdict
I absolutely love this item. For me, it’s more than just a bag but stands for the African heritage. The bag resembles Africa in many ways having been braided there from sisal plant fibres.
My friend highly commended my bag saying it’s well-made and a bag of high quality. She could not help noticing its beautiful colours.
I once used it as a Carry-on travel bag during my flight. I managed to throw in a handful of essential accessories for my trip: my iPad, phone, a couple of magazines and my wallet containing.
The Story Behind Salsa Tote Bag
Like I said at the beginning, the Salsa Tote bag is known by different names depending on its place of origin.
In Kenya, the basket is popularly known as a Kiondo Bag. The inhabitants of Kenya, the Kikuyu people weave these leather sisal bags. Then, the finished product is used as a gift for family and friends.
The handbag is laboriously crafted from hand twisted baobab threads in a traditional weaving style. The functional straps are fashioned from genuine Kenya cowhide.
No-one would ever think that Kiondo Bags are handmade by skilled female artisans from the rural parts of Kenya. The Kiondo basket is very popular in Africa and it has started to grab the world’s attention.
In Zimbabwe, sisal baskets are beautifully handwoven out of handspun sisal fibres over robust grass coils. Binga Craft Centre is among places in Zimbabwe to find these lovely bags.
In Swaziland, women make sisal baskets using sisal material, a fibre they get from the tropical plant Agave. After harvesting the fibre, they process the thread first.
The Swazi people traditionally use these baskets as gifts and as a symbol of long and happy life.
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