India, Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Sustainable Development Foundation, Thebvo Lakho Traditional Naga Sling Bag
Product name: Thebvo Lakho Traditional Naga Sling Bag
Type of product: Traditional Naga Sling bag
Description (story of the item):
This authentic sling bag is the quintessential Naga accessory. Thebvo literally means 'nettle' in the language of the Chakhesang Khuzhami tribe. It is made of handpicked hand spun stinging nettle hand woven on a back strap loom. This wear-resistant and waterproof nettle cloth is perfect for a sturdy hands-free bag. True to the self-sustaining village economy, each bag is entirely handmade - down to the hand-sewn seams, which use decorative finishing stitches.
Stinging nettle is foraged from the wild once a year, in early winter. In a long and labourious process, strips of nettle fibre (stripped off the stalks), are retted, dried, thigh-reeled into twine, and hand-spun using a drop spindle. The yarn is then soaked in a coarse local rice broth, which naturally bleaches and softens the fibre. It is repeatedly washed and sun-dried until the desired colour is attained.
Each Naga tribe has a uniquely identifiable weave. The Khuzhami community of the Chakhesang tribe has the Thebvo Lakho bag. This bag is commonly used by children to carry books to school (often a mandatory part of the uniform); by churchgoers; and by farmers.
The flexibility of the portable loom enables women to work from home. The fibre-to-fabric journey is entirely local and zero-carbon-footprint (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced).
A little known fact? Interestingly, the traditional Naga bag does not have a closure, since there is no perceived threat in a culture where intrinsic values such as honesty and communal ownership lead to a high level of trust.
Care Instructions: Dry clean or wash by hand in cold water.
Disclaimer: Please note that the natural colours of nettle and pattern may vary from item to item.
Materials: Hand spun stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica), cotton.
Measurements / size: Body of the bag: 30 cm x 21 cm x 12 cm depth, total length with sling: 87 cm
Availability / stock level: On order (Dispatch time is 62 days)