Cotton print African handbags and accessories in West Africa
"I was taught by my grandma and uncle. I mastered this craft because it's a family thing.""I am a designer of African print motifs. I was born in 1982 in northern Ghana. My friends say I am God-fearing, kind and an outgoing type. Art is my hobby and also a family trade. I was taught by my grandma and uncle, and mastered this craft because it's a family thing. I use African prints for most of my designs.
"Starting on my own wasn't difficult because I was so passionate about this. When I was six, I used to help my grandma make handbags and helped my uncle with the making of smocks. The textile arts run in our family's blood.
"When I was a child, I couldn't get things I needed because my parents couldn't afford to buy them. In junior high when my school held a competition, I crafted some bags to enter and they won! But I had to drop out of senior high because of financial difficulty. I turned to my art and here I am.
"As I grew up and started on my own, my mum helped me with some money to buy fabrics which I used to create samples. I came to sell them in Accra, after which I went back to northern Ghana. I did this for a while until I settled permanently in Accra in 2004. I use traditional ways in sewing my dresses and smocks. With clothing, I use a sewing machine while I sew by hand if its leather.
"It can be challenging to come out with a very unique design and then you find it soon after in the market because everyone is copying your work. But it feels good to be able to show my designs and see that others admire them.
"The doors of my workshop are open for everyone. I teach others who want to learn this art and, so far, I have trained four people.
"My work benefits my community because some of the youth work with me, for which I pay them.
"And thanks to my skills, today I am able to buy the things I need."
7 items by Christopher Amwelima
Orange Butterfly Flight Recycled Plastic Tote Handbag
Wondrous Flight, Orange Butterfly Flight Recycled Plastic Tote Handbag
Christopher AmwelimaA graceful butterfly takes flight on this intriguing tote. Perfect for books or shopping, the bag is woven from reclaimed plastic strips, making it durable as well as environmentally friendly. Ghana's...$89.99
Steel Accented Beige and Brown Recycled Plastic Tote Handbag
Steel Adornment, Steel Accented Beige and Brown Recycled Plastic Tote Handbag
Christopher AmwelimaLight mustard tan strips are artfully woven to create this stylish tote. Perfect for books or shopping, this bag is comprised of recycled plastic, making it durable as well as environmentally...$99.99
Colorful Patchwork Cotton Shoulder Bag with Leather Straps
Patchwork Dream, Colorful Patchwork Cotton Shoulder Bag with Leather Straps
Christopher AmwelimaA myriad of patchwork prints create a colorful and fun handbag. Ghana's Christopher Amwelima presents a stylish way to keep your items in one place. This cotton bag is lined in black with an interior...$74.99
Yellow and Blue Floral Cotton Print Beaded Handle Handbag
Floral Lady, Yellow and Blue Floral Cotton Print Beaded Handle Handbag
Christopher AmwelimaBoasting stunning shades of marigold and royal blue, this handbag will add a pop of color to your look. By Christopher Amwelima, the bag is designed from a cotton print with Ghanaian style and...$139.99
Multi-Colored Cotton Patchwork Handbag with Leather Accents
Patchwork Beauty, Multi-Colored Cotton Patchwork Handbag with Leather Accents
Christopher AmwelimaChristopher Amwelima combines the vibrancy of patchwork print with the classic look of leather in this intriguing handbag. Multiple cotton cloth patches bring cheerful color, while the handle is...$87.99
Festive Kente Spirit
Multi-Colored Kente Cloth Handbag with Ebony Wood Handle
Festive Kente Spirit, Multi-Colored Kente Cloth Handbag with Ebony Wood Handle
Christopher AmwelimaBy Ghana's Christopher Amwelima, this stylish handbag is ideal for a day of retail therapy or lunch with friends. The multi-colored print emulates Africa's kente cloth, while a sleek ebony wood handle...$139.99
Bow Tie Beauty
Multi-Colored Cotton Print Imitation Leather Handle Handbag
Bow Tie Beauty, Multi-Colored Cotton Print Imitation Leather Handle Handbag
Christopher AmwelimaA circle patchwork motif is celebrated in this unique handbag by Christopher Amwelima. The base is formed from faux leather in terracotta red, while the sides and bow detailing are adorned with bold...$174.99
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"Granddaghters Christmas present"
Havent opened it yet, its for Christmas. It arrived beautifully wrapped and I cant wait to see it myself. Im excited, and I know she will love it. thank you.
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