I’m a huge fan of straw and raffia bags, and I recently added a new one to my wardrobe. It’s a beautiful vintage basket by Victoria Handmade, which is handcrafted in Portugal. Traditional, modern & timeless at the same time, it is for sure the handmade bag I will be wearing all summer, because it literally matches everything.
To be honest, I really love when there’s a story behind a piece of clothing or an accessory. It adds way more value and personality, and that’s exactly the case with this bag. It is made from women to women, part of a family-owned business in Portugal. A tradition that continues since 1952 and unites 3 generations of women.
Can you imagine that the women behind this are actually involved in the cutting and the reed catch? They dry it under the sun, until it gets a light color that allows it to be dyed. Then, they sulfur the reed to clean, choose one by one, the ones that are good to work, dye them, and then do the weaving, sewing, etc. All the pieces of leather are also made by hand. Eventually, the creation of one bag takes from 6 to 8 hours of work! It is truly inspiring because each bag carries the energy of those positive and creative women. ♥
So, if you are keen on contemporary crafts, and handmade pieces that are trendy but yet timeless, go check them out. I myself am happy that I will be holding a piece of Portugal in my hand all summer long. But mostly, I would love to take my bag there, and travel around its home country that I want to visit so much.