Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mudcloth Messenger Bag

For the past couple of weekends, I've been working on this prototype of a messenger bag made out of the mudcloth. The inside is lined with gold and black handpainted African fabric, with four interior pockets. The adjustable straps are actually made out of seatbelt webbing (how cool is that?) and for closures on the flap, I used the twist-lock closures I used for the cuff bracelets and the clutches.  Do you like it? Do you think it's unisex, or more appealing to the guys?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

World's Oldest Leather Shoe

This is so fascinating...the oldest leather shoe yet discovered was kept in pristine condition by a thick layer of sheep dung in a cave in Armenia for 5,500 years, according an international team of archaeologists.  Check out the shoe laces and the eyelets!  They say it probably belonged to a woman (it's the equivalent of a size 5) but could easily be a man's shoe if the man was small in stature.  This shoe pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids! Since its discovery however, exposure to the elements has hardened the leather; when it was found, the leather was soft and now it's hard as a rock.  I'm really surprised at how modern this shoe looks, and it's proof that people have been lacing up their shoes for at least 5500 years.