The idea from Customer from Germany:
I am interested in a bag similar to the one presented here – a large, spacious cloth bag, which can be used for shopping as well as for sports/beach. That means a mixture of elegance and robustness, but as light as possible, colors like lively. among others with dark blue, red and brown (like in a small picture). The measurements should be approx. 40 x 50, the belt long enough to carry it well over the shoulder (approx. 60 cm). The bag should be closable (zipper or alternative).
attached photo – shape like this bag, style like in example of Margaret Nyambura Muna
The story of the Custom made Bag with African patterns:
I assume Kitenge/Kanga is more rugged and waterproof in comparison to linen? Then I would prefer Kitenge. As motive I like most something close to the one with the bird, only for the colours I would prefer red instead of orange.
For the size I‘ve measured again, more precisely it should be 45 cm width, 30 cm height and 10 cm depth (base), the shoulder strap should be broad (same tissue) and end at the bags‘ corners - length as for a convenient shoulder bag, roughly 60 cm. For the inner pockets I would like one smaller with a zipper (12w x 8h cm) and two simple, one for a Smartphone (8x15cm wxh), one for a purse (22x12cm wxh). Please consider also an inner lining.
Thanks a lot for working on my idea, I‘m lookink forward to see your proposal.
In general I‘m not that much focussed on a specific design, but also very open to your creative ideas. Intention is to use the bag for shopping, but also sports or as smaller travel bag.
Thanks for your prompt response and for giving us very precise details.
I think we are almost ready to start on this project just a few clarifications/suggestions. For the fabric you have chosen i may not guarantee it to have red color where we have orange but i will check from my supplier if he has a red version If i don't get red would you be happy to use the fabric as is or i get you more options?. I Also propose to have a leather base matching the straps (propose Tan colour) to make the bag stronger and more long lasting. Apart from this we are happy with all the information you have provided and once you clarify above we will proceed.
I like the suggestion to use a leather base! Please plan accordingly. If you have any other alternatives to fabric samples, I'd like to see them. If nothing fits better, the current one in orange would also be fine.
I am happy to proceed with the fabric you chose and with the leather base. I am ready to work on the bag and have it ready the soonest possible.
Thanks for confirming your order.!I managed to get the materials , started making the bag and finished it. I have tried to incorporate the production process in the photos attached. From the idea stage, to interpretation of the idea, making the patterns, making a prototype, cutting off the patterns , gluing, and stitching it up. I have included few extra ideas out of my creativity of the maasai bead-work, removable tassel and the auxiliary pouch. These will not cost anything extra it is just to add more authenticity to the bag. Hopefully you will like it. Kindly have a look at the photos and let me know what you think.
That was quick, thank you very much! The bag, as well as your additional ideas, I like very much!
I'm really looking forward to the bag.
Many greetings, Silke
I really enjoyed making your bag. I am ready to dispatch it.
herewith I confirm completion for shipment - many thanks and best regards, Silke
The final Custom made Bag with African patterns:
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