Cactus Silk Tote Bag #1
Our cactus silk tote back is a 20 inch x 20 inch pouch with strap long enough to go over your shoulder. Each tote bag is made by hand in our Marrakech atelier. We offer a range of hand-dyed colors, each with hand embroidered embellishment.
Cactus silk, also known as vegetable silk or Sabra silk, is a fabric woven from fibers of a plant from the agave family. It is a plant-derived silk harvested from Saharan aloe vera cacti in northern Morocco. The plants are most commonly found in the Saharan dessert.
After the silk fibres are taken from the plants, they are washed, dyed, dried and then hand-spun. Traditionally, the threads are hand-woven together by the Berber Tribe in the Atlas Mountain region. This is a long, delicate process. The hand-weaving process blends other natural fabrics in addition to the agave plant fibers, including chenille, cotton and yarn, and camel wool.
CLEANING: When cleaning the bag and when working with cactus silk in general, do not not machine wash cactus silk. We recommend you dry clean by accredited dry cleaners. As the cactus silk fabrics are naturally dyed with vegetable dyes, getting them wet sometimes will lead to discoloration.