The raffia and straw bags have become a “must have”. Whether round, fringed, hand-held or XXL size, there’s sure to be a raffia, straw or wicker bag for you.
The raffia and straw handbags may once have been reserved only for sunny days at the beach or to go to the market. However, last season, the catwalks fell to these natural fibers.
Prada, Michael Kors, Fendi, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Ulla Johnson, Badgley Mischka, Phillip Lim 3.1, and so on, showed us innumerable options: from microscopic sized picnic baskets to architectural designs of straw, wicker, and raffia.
Raffia, straw, and wicker conquer the fashion
The art of weaving handbags with natural fibers such as dry grass or bamboo, is millennia old, with basketry techniques that go back at least to ancient Egypt. But it was in the 1950s when the raffia bag was perceived as an elegant accessory associated with glamor and luxury travel. In fact, it became a symbol of status. Audrey Hepburn was one of the first “celebrities” to fall victim to the benefits of this natural fiber.
But the peak moment came at the end of the sixties and seventies when Jane Birkin made her picnic basket her distinctive accessory when she walked around Cannes, Paris, and London. She did not know it then, but she was planting the seed for a million Instagram posts.
Jacquemus raffia and straw bag with fringes
If Jacquemus and the mess last year with straw hats with a wide brim and XXL size impossible to wear, this season presents us, which will surely be the most viral bag of the spring-summer of 2019: the Le Baci bag.
Straw bags from Ines Bressand
After his training in textile design, Inès discovered the art of weaving baskets in Europe and later in Africa. In Ghana, he spent three months learning how to create baskets using straw from the hand of local artisans. That’s where his first bag collection was born, called Akamai.
Raffia bag by Cult Gaia
Cult Gaia was unveiled last year, with her bamboo bag “Ark”, one of the most copied bags of recent years. For this new season, the firm based in Los Angeles, also bet on other natural fibers such as raffia.
Hand raffia bags from Serpui
Serpui Marie was born in Sao Paulo and grew up among exotic birds, flowers and the deep green of the jungles of Brazil. And this is evident in each of his creations; small clutch-colored raffia bags with bright colors and tropical motifs.
Raffia Clutch by Sophie Anderson
Born in Kuwait, raised in Oman and currently residing in South America, Sophie Anderson’s passion for travel has permeated all her accessories. Their raffia bags are hand woven and combine traditional craftsmanship with vibrant colors and eye-catching designs.
Natural straw bag by Dorothee Schumacher
Dorothee Schumacher proposes for this season an XXL straw bag perfect to wear with your favorite Ibiza dress.