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This handbag is handmade by artisans in the Philippines. The black color is intense so as to reain happy and suitable for everyday use. The outside of the purse is made of abaca fabric with a soft canvas-like texture. Abaca is a natural fiber made from banana leaves. Abaca is also the strongest natural fiber, making the bag plenty rugged. Its dimensions are 16.5 inches wide x 11 inches high x 4 inches deep The handle is synthetic leather with acacia wood buckles, a natural wood of the Philippines. The handle is adjustable through the four buckles. The front has multicolor splashes on a orange background, while the back is solid bright black. The top has a zipper closure. The inside is lined with a matched lack fine-textured and has a 6 inch by 5 inch pocket.
Abaca is a natural fiber grown by sustainable means, derived from the leaves of a banana plant. It is often referred to as "manila hemp", due to the natural plant origins and that is is grown principally in the Philippines. It is the strongest natural fiber in existence. It can be made into coarse or fine fiber products. Although it is grown in other tropical regions, it's origin is in the Philippines and the Philippines is still the principle country where it is grown.
Uses of abaca with which you may be familiar are for tea bags, and excellent rope. Prior to the introduction of synthetic rope, "Manila" rope was used by the navies of the world, including the British and the United States navies.
Abaca is known for it's strength, durability, and resistance to salt water. Abaca can be made into coarse or fine cloth. It can be used in it's natural color or it takes dyes very well.
We have chosen to highlight abaca products because it is grown, processed into cloth, and made into our products, all in the Philippines. Hence, each step of the production of our fine products furthers our goal of developing commercial infrastructure in the central Philippines.