‘Harriet’ reversible Clutch
Designed by The Fortynine Studio for Eastern Weft
Made by hand in Sydney from antique Hilltribe textiles, reclaimed leather or suede, and Eastern Weft 100% Lao woven silk
The Fortynine Studio + Eastern Weft is a range of contemporary, functional textile and leather accessories. With a focus on zero waste, the range is handmade in Australia using traditional weaving and textile techniques and is part of a series of collaborations between Eastern Weft and Australian Designers including Sydney based T – S Takahiro Shirai and Stephanie Said.
Founded by Samorn Sanixay and Kaisy Sophabmixay, Eastern Weft is based in Vientiane, Laos and provides sustainable livelihoods for exceptionally skilled young weaver women. They produce stunning hand-woven textiles made entirely by hand from raising the silk worms, spinning the silk, dyeing the yarn using natural, locally grown materials such as indigo, ebony and marigolds, and weaving the textiles.
Designed by The Fortynine Studio, the Harriet reversible clutch, below, comes in a variety of colours and features antique South East Asian textiles, handwoven Eastern Weft silks and cottons and locally sourced salvaged leather. Each clutch is unique and is designed and constructed by hand right here in Sydney. While the range is still in development the Harriet clutch is now available for sale and order through the Eastern Weft website and various stockists. Visit www.easternweft.com.au for more information and to see designs by T – S as well as Eastern Weft’s stunning handwoven textiles and scarves.
Eastern Weft and The Fortynine Studio were the ‘designers in residence’ at the Workshopped Studio, Object: Australian Design Centre during April – July 2013.