It’s literally a tea ‘bag’

A Hout Bay resident’s rooibos tea bag purses are now being sold in Paris. Picture: Supplied .
A Hout Bay resident’s rooibos tea bag purses are now being sold in Paris. Picture: Supplied .

Gracious Dube’s eye for fashion has seen her rooibos tea bag purses being sold in Paris. The Hout Bay local says once she joined Original T Bag Designs in 2006, her creativity took flight.

The company, a social responsibility project, helps impoverished women from the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement earn money by making arts and crafts. French fashion designer Carine Khalil saw Dube’s eye-catching purses at the V&A Waterfront, and worked with Dube to recreate them for the Paris market.

They now sell for R376 at Ithemba Design Ethik, Khalil’s fashion and decor boutique in Paris.

READ MORE: 5 things I learned at Design Indaba that are coming sooner than you think

To make one silk-lined purse, Dube dries and irons between 45 to 50 rooibos tea bags. These are varnished and either glued or stitched on to the silk, and some purses are painted.

“Not only do the rooibos tea bags give my purses a beautiful, rich colour, they also tend to be a lot stronger than other tea bags,” says Dube, who says she’s also an avid rooibos drinker. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, I believed it was authentic
7% - 423 votes
Yes, I didn't want to spend that much money on the original item
20% - 1237 votes
No, I always shop at reputable stores
13% - 798 votes
No, I don't wear designer clothing
60% - 3676 votes