About Our Bags

Black & white weave with red Shwe Shwe lining

Black & white weave with red Shwe Shwe lining

Bundubags is a range of striking, handmade bags inspired by African women and the versatile possibilities of commercial, recycled cargo strapping.

Our bags started out of a desire to create something completely unique, Afr0-centric, eco friendly and that could harness the existing skill of traditional weaving techniques. Each Bundubag is completely handmade, from the woven recycled strapping, to the 100% African cotton ShweShwe lining.

Bundubags hand woven from recycled cargo strapping.

The formal name for ShweShwe (also sometimes written shwe shwe) is ‘Indigo-dyed discharge printed fabric’. Shwe Shwe fabric is a 100% cotton fabric manufactured in the traditional way using copper rollers which have patterns etched on the surface, allowing the transfer of a weak discharge solution onto the fabric. The process has remained the same since the 19th century.

red shwe shwe lining

ShweShwe lined Bundubags.

Bundubags commitment to sustainability goes beyond upcycling waste-bound materials. We also practice fair trade principles with all of the people and companies involved with making Bundubags possible.  In short, we care about the people that make Bundubags. They are the ones that put their skills and love into making our bags. They are therefore paid fair and meaningful wages, not the minimum wages that dominate the industry. Bundubags is a small hands-on business, so we see the value inherent in investing in the lives of the women, their families, and their communities.

ShweShwe lined messenger bag by Bundubags.

ShweShwe lined messenger bag by Bundubags.

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