Kudzu Tote Bag
Made in Laos
This beautifully woven bag is made of the kudzu fibre which is a fast-growing jungle vine traditionally used for making bags and baskets in much of eastern Asia and some Pacific islands. The long runners and the larger vines make excellent weaving material with durability and flexibility. After splitting in half, strip the pulp from the fibres within, allowing it to dry and then rehydrating it using hot water. Then spin the fibre by hand before weaving it into bags. From vine to a bag, it takes about two weeks to make each piece.
Roots of Kudzu, also known as Japanese arrowroot, contain starch, which has traditionally been used to make sweets in Japan.