The beauty of a classic woven bag is that it really is a versatile wardrobe staple that you can carry any time of the year, whether you’re attending a cocktail event in Hong Kong city or sipping margaritas on the exotic beaches of Maldives. It brings beautiful texture to any look; whether you’re pairing it with a sleek trench coat or even with a jeans-and-boyfriend-shirt combination.
A woven bag in all its artisanal glory is the sort of accessory that can transform the overarching aesthetic of an outfit. The trend is a game-changer especially with many fashion labels embracing this generational technique that has been practised by people from different culture and heritage all over the world. In recent years, woven arm candies have geared up to be a must-have in the latest seasonal collections with the likes of Bottega Veneta, Prada and Dior in the fray.
Woven bags also show how its artisanal charm can be adapted into a day-to-day style that transcends both day and night looks. In the latest spring/summer 2019 collections, we are seeing them in larger sizes – perfectly functional for long weekends – as well as structured ones for a more fashionable statement.
In Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest Dior Cruise 2020 collection presented in Marrakesh, the creative director employs a high distinction of craftsmanship stemming from the history of Moroccan textile-making. This has established a mutual understanding and appreciation towards the romantic art of weaving and the start to many more fashion collections that are in dire need of the human touch.
The handcrafted quality of a woven bag is unquestionable. Each piece elicits an artistic touch that is interwoven with a deep appreciation to craftsmanship – something that is highly favoured in the world of mass-production. The materials – ranging from wicker to raffia, leather to canvas — are sturdier and when entwined with impeccable techniques, they create a reinforced bond for a more elastic, supported and stronger byproduct.
It is obvious that the world of fashion continues to surprise us in enigmatic ways. But we know that the artisanal touch of a woven bag will continue to surpass and inspire the impending seasons. From Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci’s most iconic Sylvie, here are eight woven bags to covet this season – all for the good reasons.