Tote bag with pieced Indonesian batiks, surface embroidery, hand-felted medallion, and hand-marbled wood hardware.

Tote bag with pieced Indonesian batiks, surface embroidery, hand-felted medallion, and hand-marbled wood hardware.

KINGFISHER                triangular tote

Central to the Kingfisher design is a hand-felted circular applique in rich turquoise with a heart of deep fuchsia.  The felt medallion is overlayed with a spiral of embroidery that continues to wend its way through the surrounding Indonesian batiks.

Kingfisher is lined with a vibrant free-trade Australian print titled "Meeting Places," designed by indigenous textile artist Josie Cavanaugh.  Kingfisher's inside zippered pocket measures  5" high by 8" wide.  The width from one bottom corner to the other measures roughly 14.5". The height from the bottom corner of the tote to the lower edge of the wooden ring is approximately 19".  

 

How the tote got its name:  Kingfisher is named after the most colorful of the world's kingfishers, the Black-Backed Kingfisher.  While there are few colors that don't appear in its feathers, the colors it shares with the bag are a wash of fuchsia below its crown and iridescent blue plumage. This Indo-Malaysian species also happens to be the world's smallest kingfisher, no larger than a big hummingbird.

Visit our Birds and Totes page on Pinterest for photos of the black-backed kingfisher and the rest of his feathered friends.

Detail of turquoise felting and meandering swirls of embroidery.

Detail of turquoise felting and meandering swirls of embroidery.

Closeup of hand-marbled wooden ring and bead strap hardware.

Closeup of hand-marbled wooden ring and bead strap hardware.