Fun, flashy, and one-of-a-kind, this handmade Vlisco fabric tote features an eye-popping high heel print and a bold color palette. Features two shoulder handles and one interior pocket. Because of the nature of the fabric, these totes are in limited supply and may vary slightly from what is pictured online.
About the artist
Based in Bensham, United Kingdom, Tamiah Designs is the brainchild of Kouassi Gaelle, a French Ivorian African textile crafter. Born in Paris, she spent most of her childhood in the Ivory Coast, moving back to France to finish her studies in engineering. After moving to the UK and losing her father to cancer, Gaelle decided to explore her love of African textiles by opening up her own textile craft business. Every item Tamiah Designs produces is individually handcrafted in limited batches.
About Vlisco fabric
The wax printed textiles associated with Central and West Africa have a surprising history. Although consumers in Africa and the diaspora embrace them as African, the fabrics have long been designed and manufactured in Europe, and now in China and India. The most luxurious are the wax prints designed and made in the Netherlands by Vlisco. Shortly after its founding in 1846, the company began exporting imitation batiks to the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Three decades later, Vlisco found a new market in West Africa.
Printed cloth leaves Vlisco’s factory identified only by a stock number. The female traders who sell the cloth in open-air markets and their customers name the patterns after proverbs, current events, politics, religion, and material culture. One design can have many interpretations depending on where it is used. It is through naming that the prints acquire social meaning, status, and value and become culturally assimilated into African society.
- By Tamiah Designs
- Handmade in the United Kingdom
- Vlisco cotton fabric
- 16" x 14"
- 16" handle drop