Based in New York City and Accra, Studio 189 helps to promote and curate African and African-inspired fashion by supporting community-led projects primarily in West Africa. Scotch and Soda’s Born to Love bag has been designed and developed by Studio189 in Accra and handcrafted in Bolgatanga by a community of weavers led by ASIGE (Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education), a non-governmental organisation focused on the empowerment of women through work and education.
The bag design is rooted in the concept of love and is made by women working together in the community using materials and colours found in nature. Created using traditional basket weaving techniques unique to the upper East area of Bolgatanga, the bags are woven in a horizontal pattern featuring both colourful and neutral stripes. Each bag is made from locally-sourced Palmyra leaf fibres, commonly known as raffia, which is naturally dyed using vegetal pigments extracted from hibiscus, millet husk and plant leaves. This product is made using no-waste manufacturing and sustainable materials.
The bags cost £160 each and all proceeds will be donated to Scotch and Soda’s charity partner The Hunger Project, which tackles poverty in countries like Ghana.