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The best summer bag!  Hand woven from strong caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber, this handbag is very durable, as well as attractive, and it has lots of room for anything you may need to carry.  The best summer bag is a "canasto" style handbag, like a basket, it has a wide top, and it tapers to a flat, round bottom.  Its dimensions are thirteen and one-half inches across the top, tapering to five and one-half inches, which is the diameter of the bottom.  The depth of the bag is twelve inches.  It has a zippered closure across the top.  The interior is lined with black fabric.

The caña flecha used to make this handbag is grown, harvested and processed to make fiber strips that are used to weave a wide variety of apparel accessories.  This work is performed by Zenú Indian artisans on a reservation near the town of San Andrés de Sotavento in Córdoba State, Colombia, South America.  The processing methods implemented are traditional, handed down from generation to generation.  Dyes used to color the fiber strips are likewise traditional, made from plants using customary recipes.  Indeed, weaving is central to contemporary Zenú culture.

Zenú Indians are native to the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia.  For a complete description of how they process caña flecha for weaving purposes, see our blog post titled "Manufacturing and Tinting Caña Flecha Fiber Strips for Handmade Apparel Accessories."

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