Sunday, November 04, 2007

Fabric Reincarnated

1970's Fabric with Beads - $15.00
Measures 5 by 4.5 inches, with a short 18 inch strap.

Jajaja is a small business run by two sisters in Castro Valley California who recycle fabric and make all kinds of handbags out of it. Many of the fabrics they use are vintage, coming from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

I love the cheeriness of some of these handbags! You would never guess that they are made with recycled fabric to look at them! This one below has such vibrant colors, as if it were brand new.

1960s Recycled Shirt Purse - $17.00
measures 9 by 9.5 with a 40 inch strap.

The two of them find their materials at thrift shops, yard sales, estate sales, antique shows, on Ebay, fabric stores, and they also get some donated.

They were taught to sew by their grandmother as they were growing up, and all their clothes as children were handmade.

This one in shades of blue-green and royal blue has a sleek design and would be perfect to carry with you when you want to travel light and all you need to bring with you is the basics. It is the right shape and size for a cell phone, some ID, wallet, and checkbook. If you're wearing jeans it will dress them up just enough to make you stylish but without being too formal.

Recycled Curtain Purse - $17.00
Cut in a diagonal shape, so the bottom measures 10 by 8 inches, and the top measures 10 by 10.5 inches. The strap is 38 inches long. It is fully lined with ivory lining, and a matching pocket and is reinforced with interfacing.

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1 comment:

Sylvia C. said...

Great blog, great items!
I am so ready for the holiday season (although most others groan when I say this...)

Sylvia C.