About a year ago, I proudly presented the KHMU 1 Bag, which I found by chance about eight years ago in Tokyo, away from the well-known shopping streets. We established a great, sustainable and long-term cooperation with the producers and the initiative behind it to preserve handcrafts but also the livelihood of individual families.
Today, this cooperation is bearing new fruit, and I am happy to present the KHMU 1 in a new colour. It’s not black but very dark grey made of natural colour sources.
The shopping nets are still made by an indigenous tribe called Khmu in the north of Laos, whose culture goes back thousands of years. In about 40 small, remote villages, the bags are made entirely by hand. Each piece is unique. The fibre is obtained from local, fast-growing pea bushes. They split, dry and spin the fibre by hand and process it into bags in different sizes and shapes. It takes about two weeks from vine to finished product to make a single piece. Traditionally, the Khmu used their handmade bags to collect fruits and vegetables from the fields and forests. Click here to read the full story about our found beloved object and its production.
I was impressed by the lightness, texture and durability.
It weighs only 35g and can carry up to eight kilos.
I am very happy that these bags are part of our collection
and that we can further expand our cooperation.