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Hot Trend: Straw Handbags for Any Season

Lissette Cortes

Posted on January 02 2019

Hot Trend: Straw Handbags for Any Season

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.

Straw tote in black and white with leather accents and wood handle

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.

Colombian artisan working with straw for handbags

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.

Chocolatillo clutch handbag with pink tassel and pineapple accent

Fique is the most common fiber and is the most representative of South America. It comes from the Agave plant, which can grow up to 24 feet and has thick leaves and thorns. The process of removing the fiber from the Agave plant is very intensive, requiring that each leaf be carefully cut.  This allows for the pulp and juices to be separated from the fiber. The resulting fiber is very strong, durable, and resilient.
Another common fiber is the banana. It is obtained from the trunk of the plant by hand and entails stacking one trunk of a tree over the other. When it is cleaned and dried, it has a natural shine and color, and can be used to make straw handbags and many other types of beautiful accessories. Because this fiber is also very strong and versatile, they are not only lovely accents, but suitable for all types of casual occasions.
Oh, and by the way, there is one more benefit we must mention. Using these fibers to make these straw handbags and other fashion accessories helps protect our environment.  These are natural fibers. They are sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable, making them an excellent choice for a stylish handbag that’s good for our planet as well.

To view our collection of Colombian straw handbags, click here.

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