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TAFA Gift Guide: Bags and Purses

Every year thousands of quilters come to Paducah for the annual AQS Quilt Show.  As a group, they tend to wear comfortable shoes and carry a big, gorgeous handmade bag. A bag which carries their needs for the day and will bulge with fliers and purchases. I feel like you can almost never have enough bags…  I have two big totes that I use for groceries, a dedicated one for the library, a small pouch that has my wallet and keys, a big leather bag I use for travel, another one for my laptop, and lots of pouches, passport bags, and small purses that can be snatched as needed. I have special things stored in bags in my drawers, large tote-types of bags holding various craft supplies and art purses that might make it to a party or gallery opening. Every culture around the world has bags assigned to specific tasks and for the fashion industry, launching new bag designs is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Our TAFA members make and sell all kinds of fun, handmade bags. Most are functional, begging to be used, while others tease the imagination, playing with form and function as wearable art. Get ready for eye candy as we treat you to this selected guide! There is something for everyone and we hope that you will explore the links to see more.

Click on the images to visit that member’s profile on TAFA. From there, you can click on their links to connect with them.

Art Bags

These are bags that are functional, kind of… Definite ice-breakers at a party, but just be careful with them…

Ariane Mariane bag

Ariane Mariane has a whimsical line of felt bags which can be treated as sculptures when not in use. France

Rayela Art paper bag

Made out of hundreds of folded bits of paper, Rayela Art’s bags use the outer wrapper of dog food bags, beads and buttons. USA

Rensfibreart teaches free-form crochet. Her art bags are inspired by nature.

Rensfibreart teaches free-form crochet. Her art bags are inspired by nature. Australia

 

Evening Bags

A purse, clutch or bag with a dressy flair!

delight worthyn blue silk bag

Delight Worthyn ART/wares recycles cast-offs into hats, garments and bags often inspired by historical fashion. USA

Leisa Rich takes vinyl to a new level! USA

Leisa Rich takes vinyl to a new level! USA

Allthingspretty recycles fabrics and findings into Boho statements. Australia

Allthingspretty recycles fabrics and findings into Boho statements. This bag features old embroidery that has been salvaged. Australia

Kala Raksha is a non-profit in India, working to generate income through and to preserve traditional craft skills. Their bags add a tribal bling to the outfit.

Kala Raksha is a non-profit in India, working to generate income through and to preserve traditional craft skills. Their bags add a tribal bling to the outfit.

Embroidered Indian purse.

Maiwa Handprints works with several different groups in India and offers a great selection of textiles and accessories on their site. Canada

Coco Bags offers a large selection of designs, including some great ones for men. This clutch has a simple and elegant design. USA

Coco Bags offers a large selection of designs, including some great ones for men. This clutch has a simple and elegant design. USA

Fibernique's felt purse speaks of warmth and simplicity.

Fibernique’s felt purse speaks of warmth and simplicity. USA

African purse by UrbanKnit

Urbanknit uses African fabrics in many of her clutches and purses. United Kingdom

Danny Mansmith's free-form sewing speak to the free spirits out there. This patchwork clutch nods to the Boho world.

Danny Mansmith’s free-form sewing speak to the free spirits out there. This patchwork clutch nods to the Boho world. USA

Shoulder Bags and Purses

Messenger bags and strappy purses help us keep track of our stuff. Sling them over, wear them on the shoulder….

Beautiful messenger bag from Unique Batik. Handwoven Guatemalan fabric.

Beautiful messenger bag from Unique Batik Fair Trade. Handwoven Guatemalan fabric. USA

Art Nomadyx crochets fun hats and bags. Australia

ArtNomadix MeggaYarnz
crochets fun hats and bags. Australia

Bazaar Bayar used reclaimed woven fabrics in this messenger bag. Turkey

Bazaar Bayar used reclaimed woven fabrics in this messenger bag. Turkey

IngerMaaike felts wonderfully rustic garments and accessories. Norway

IngerMaaike felts wonderfully rustic garments and accessories. Norway

MayaMam Weavers are a fair trade group in Guatemala. This is one of their handwoven messenger bags.

MayaMam Weavers are a fair trade group in Guatemala. This is one of their handwoven messenger bags.

Something Else Studio has catered to the Renaissance Festival crowds for years. They have a large selection of great purses!

Something Else Studio has catered to the Renaissance Festival crowds for years. They have a large selection of great purses!  USA

Odpaam crochets purses, bags, baskets, rugs and much more! Israel

Odpaam crochets purses, bags, baskets, rugs and much more! Israel

Delightful crocheted purse by HEraMade! Hungary

Delightful crocheted purse by HEraMade!
Hungary

SAORI Salt Spring handwoven bag. Canada

SAORI Salt Spring handwoven bag. Canada

Manitoba Gifts: Leather purses, wallets and more! USA

Manitoba Gifts: Leather purses, wallets and more! USA

Siamese Dream Design has great messenger bags and backpacks made out of reclaimed vintage embroidered fabric, mostly Hilltribe. Thailand

Siamese Dream Design has great messenger bags and backpacks made out of reclaimed vintage embroidered fabric, mostly Hilltribe. Thailand

Totes

Larger bags to carry shopping are always great to have around!

Karen Lukacs Textiles specializes in making purses and totes of all sizes and shapes. USA

Karen Lukacs Textiles specializes in making purses and totes of all sizes and shapes. USA

embroidered bag from Thailand

Lavish Lanna uses reclaimed textile remnants from Thailand and India in her bags. Thailand

Terri Stegmiller's beautiful, quilted tote bag.

Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts: beautiful, quilted tote bag. USA

Solid needlework covers Kasia Urban Rybska's bottle tote bag. Poland

Solid needlework covers Kasia Urban Rybska’s bottle tote bag. Poland

handwoven bag from Peru

Threads of Peru is a Canadian fair trade group working with Peruvian weavers.

Hand printed tote by Art That Moves. Canada

Hand printed tote by Art That Moves. Canada

Sally Manke Fiber Artist's coiled rope tote, strong and great as a market bag! USA

Sally Manke Fiber Artist’s coiled rope tote, strong and great as a market bag! USA

Pouches

Passport bags and drawstring pouches are so great for traveling or for carrying the small things you need.

Another of our sheep herders, this pouch came from one of Farm Genevieve's sheep. USA

Another of our sheep farms, this pouch came from one of Farm Genevieve’s sheep. USA

 

Hand dyed passport pouch by Susan Fennell Studio. USA

Hand dyed passport pouch by Susan Fennell Studio. USA

Rainbow quilt purse by Ann Brauer. USA

Rainbow quilt purse by Ann Brauer. USA

Wallets and Coin Purses

Store your jewelry, make-up and small tools in them!

Hand printed zipper pouch by Morgen Bardati. Canada

Hand printed zipper pouch by Morgen Bardati. Canada

Diviner pouch by LaTouchables. Germany

Diviner pouch by LaTouchables. Germany

Vintage embroidered wallet from Afghan Tribal Arts.

Vintage embroidered wallet from Afghan Tribal Arts. USA

Leather wallet by Christine Marie Ford. Canada

Leather wallet by Christine Marie Ford. Canada

Specialty Bags

The bags above are just examples of what each of our members does, but many have special bags for laptops, ipads, cell phones, eye glass cases and much more. Here are a couple of examples:

Laptop cover by Blue Jacaranda. Australia

Laptop cover by Blue Jacaranda. Australia

Vintage sake boro bag from Kimono Boy. Early 1900's. Japan

Vintage sake boro bag from Kimono Boy. Early 1900’s. Japan

As you can see, there is an amazing range of styles, materials used, provenance, function, and price points offered in this overview of our TAFA bags. I find it so interesting to see how the different materials are treated and with all of the options that are out there, the handmade ones succeed in truly being one-of-a-kind.

How to find our TAFA bags and purses

Members who carry bags regularly  (Note: the featured image may not be a bag.)

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From our TAFA Members on Artizan Made:

About

I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!

5 Comments

on TAFA Gift Guide: Bags and Purses.
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    Great work, everyone! Thanks for featuring us!

  2. |

    awesome selection – can I get them all, please Santa?

  3. |

    NICE bags!!!!!!! Thanks for featuring mine!

  4. |

    Gorgeous bag post Rachel. So much variety and something there for all tastes. Thank you. Love Debra

  5. |

    Amazing assortment! Just beautiful.

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