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Chris Bag – Nigerian Adire – African Wax (blue circles)

$99.00 inc. GST

“Just the right size for a go-anywhere day bag, with room for wallet, sunglasses, phone, keys – It can even fit an iPad and drink bottle!” Zarina

Practical, easy to use and strong. The Chris bag is a versatile unisex messenger bag with external pockets (in feature fabric) under the flap to keep you organised. Adjustable shoulder strap so can be worn on the shoulder or across body.

Feature fabric designed and hand printed in Nigeria, West Africa using the adire technique

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Fabric: Cotton denim feature fabric is printed with variegated ink colors and has a blue cotton lining.

  • H: 27 cm (10.5 inches)
  • W: 21 (8.5 inches)
  • D: 6 cm (gusset)  (2.5 inches)


  • Magnetic clasp on front
  • Handy pockets under flap in feature fabric including with velcro fastening
  • Fully lined
  • Adjustable strap
  • Can be worn on the shoulder or crossbody
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Discreet external zip pocket on rear
  • Design story supplied with each bag
  • Limited edition (only 4 were made from this fabric)
  • Fabric hand printed in Wadeye community, Australia
  • Can be gently hand washed

Please note that each bag is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.

Fair Trade: #whomadeyourbag – Mr Run Cheak and his wife make the small and large messenger bags. They have been working for social enterprise Kravan House for more than 15 years. Mr Run Cheak was a farmer who stepped on a landmine in 1993. At Kravan House he retrained as an artisan which has given him good steady income and he has become a master craftsman.

Care Instructions: Dry cleaning recommended. Some of our customers wash their bags by hand or on a gentle machine cycle.

About the ADIRE technique:
Every length is unique as it’s created by hand with a mix of waxing, dyeing and over-dyeing. The primary design is made with wax applied with a block.
Produced in a small workshop – this is REAL African wax – the bright fabric you usually see called “African wax” is machine printed in factories.
The base cloth is a brocade so has an interesting pattern in the weave that adds complexity to the finish.
West Africa has a tradition of resist printing. In Nigeria the technique used in this length is called Adire Eleko (see below) – traditionally cassava paste was used but now it is generally wax. It similar to batik techniques used in SE Asia.
WEIGHT: estimated 140 gsm – in Nigeria they don’t use GSM (unfortunately) – this fabric is ideal for clothing. The fabric has very slight additional body due to the technique of waxing and will soften slightly after washing.
COLOR: The base cloth was white, then it was dyed with bright blue and black. The photos are color accurate.
Each circle is around 4.5 inches/11.5 cm.

This fabric was imported from an artisan in Abuja Nigeria.