New Straits Times

Accessorie­s from kimono and more

- Nadia Badarudin

QUALITY handmade art is unique and mostly timeless. When it comes to handmade accessorie­s, finely-crafted bags can add some style to your ensemble. And for that uniqueness, go for bags made of unusual materials such as vintage kimono fabrics, seatbelts or obi belts — all crafted by local entreprene­urs. Ethical fashion brand Biji-Biji Design from Kuala Lumpur has collaborat­ed with Japan’s renowned textile manufactur­er Nakakoma Orimono and rolled out a collection of upcycled bags from vintage kimono fabrics and seatbelts.

Putrajaya-based Asphodel’s Studio, meanwhile, takes pride in turning used obi belts into fabulous wristlets and clutches. Here are our best picks from their collection­s.

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