SENEGAL NATTE BAG - GREY
The natte (“mat” in English) is ingrained in West African culture. In the village, it is the centerpiece of one’s home—its vibrant plastic threads radiate color onto the bare mud hut walls that surround it. The natte is a dining table for families to gather around and eat; it is a bench for friends to sit and chat; it is a bed to sleep on; a salon for women to gather and do each others’ hair; a cafe where men can sit and drink tea; it is a gathering place for community meetings and serves as seating for funerals, weddings, and everything in between. Nattes are respected; one must always remove his or her shoes before stepping onto the natte. As the natte slowly ages, young girls will take some of its loose plastic threads to create bracelets. Only until the natte is so torn and unraveled that it is completely unusable and is finally replaced.
Mouhammet Kieta has created another way to use these nattes as a central, practical yet beautiful element to our daily lives. His bags are colorful, durable, versatile and created by his team of young apprentices in his Dakar workshop.
Artist: Mamadou Kieta
Made in: Senegal