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Handbags made from trees.

 

The Baobab Tree, (Adansonia Digitata), also known as the “tree of life" is native to the African Savannah regions. 

(Rafiki from the Lion King lived on a Baobab tree). The baobab is the largest succulent in the world and is found in 20 sub-Saharan countries. It can provide shelter, clothing, food, and water for animals and humans. The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines.

The fruit, called "monkey bread", is edible, and full of Vitamin C. The tree can store hundreds of liters of water, which is tapped in dry periods.

 

The African Elephants pierces the trunk of the tree using their tusk. Inside the trunk of each baobab tree is a reservoir of water, which the elephants drink from.

The African Elephant plays a big role in this eco-system as well, they are the chief pollinators of the tree. They enjoy and consume the fruits of the baobab tree and distribute them with their dung which helps the seeds germinate.

 

Mature trees are usually hollow, providing living space for many animals and humans. Some Baobab trees are believed to be over 2,000 years old. For most of the year, the tree is leafless and looks very much like it has its roots sticking up in the air.

 

Photo Credit Emmanuel Jambo

 

Please note we are limiting our initial production run to 150 numbered pieces worldwide per design for our first season. This allows us to better understand how to manage our natural resources and not strain the Baobab eco-system. We also want to focus on delivering products of the highest quality to you.