An ultra-strong bag made from fresh leaves

In Mindelo, Cape Verde, Jose is a craftsman who weaves and knits all the plants in the area into new objects. In front of the workshop where he works, Goya, a plant native to Cape Verde and a local cousin of papyrus, grows. Jose collects the long, narrow leaves, and braids them while they’re still fresh to make all sorts of objects: bags, hats… Goya leaves are worked fresh, not dried, which allows the craftsman to create a multitude of shapes, as the plant is still very malleable when the object is made.


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