Hot Trend: Straw Handbags for Any Season
Posted on January 02 2019
Authors: Lissette Cortes Lade and Robert Kravitz
Straw handbags are back. In fact, they are a hot fashion trend seen on runways and toted by fashionistas all over the world.
But today’s straw handbags have been refined, adding leather, fabric, and embroidery, making them as unique as they are beautiful. While they don’t necessarily belong on the beach, they can be used as chic accessories to winter and spring attire or resort collection.
Colombian fibers are often used to make straw bags and have been used by indigenous and country artisans for centuries to weave not only handbags but all types of clothing. They utilize up to 114 species of plants to extract fibers to make their unique creations, including cotton plants and the plant,which we will discuss below.
Other fibers used for handbags are the Chocolatillo, which is extracted from Mapuche or Tiza plants. The fiber is cooked with various leaves and roots, giving it a very warm look. It is available in natural colors such as black, coffee, and terracotta. To provide a shine the fibers can also be scraped with a knife or machete, then woven in various traditional patterns.
To view our collection of Colombian straw handbags, click here.