I wanted to give a quick shout-out to the thousands of women in South-East Asia who are repurposing plastic feed-sacks to make stylish wallets, shopping bags, totes and laptop cases. The bags and accessories can be found in any market easily and there are lots of patterns to choose from.
Lately I’ve been working on my computer a bit more than usual so I’ve been hauling my laptop around in a case I purchased in Cambodia two years ago. It’s still solid with virtually no signs of wear and continues to be a conversation starter. Mine was made from an old fish feed sack, so it’s embellished with bold fish graphics on the front and has some intriguing Vietnamese writing on the back. It’s got kitschy appeal and I’m glad I sprung for it.
Sometimes up-cycled goods are a bit too crafty for my taste but this piece really nailed function, style, and of course gave new life to what would have been waste. I think these ladies are doing something really special –opting out of selling the usual tourist trinkets and instead making something unique with the resources available to them. They certainly showed me that repurposing trash doesn’t have to be a compromise, for style -so this is a toast to them!
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