When I interviewed Dr Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri, co-founder of Vanhu Vamwe, she hinted at new projects in the works. Fast-forward more than half a year later Pam has debuted a gorgeous collection of statement handbags, made in Zimbabwe. The collection entitled Dreamers and Travellers, celebrates and modernises local craft techniques, and is characterised by oversized silhouettes, accentuated with long fringe-like tassels, and big knotted details.
Designed to last and be handed down through generations Vanhu Vamwe bags are handcrafted with sustainability in mind. Each handbag in Dreamers and Travellers collection is formed from recycled wireframes that give them their sturdy structure. 100% recycled paracord is then used to hand weave the design using the macramé technique.
The bags are handcrafted by a cooperative of local macramé weavers,. In doing so the collection embraces Pam’s philosophy of a design centred approach of bridging culture through design by caring for the people who make the product. In addition to Zimbabwe Pam has also worked with artisans in Ecuador when she won a competition to create a collection for the ethical lifestyle brand, Abury. Not just arm candy, Vanhu Vamwe bags double up as statement pieces for the wall.
Vanhu Vamwe flying the flag high for luxury accessory design handcrafted in Zimbabwe.
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