COUTURE DES ILES IS A BRAND RICH IN HERITAGE AND LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP BY MAKING USE OF TRADITIONAL BAHAMIAN CRAFTS TO BRING IT INTO MODERN DAY RELEVANCE. IT IS OUR MISSION TO PROMOTE BAHAMIAN STRAW HANDCRAFT AND ALL THE WONDERFUL AND TALENTED ARTISANS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COUNTRY.
The tradition of Bahamian straw work, or plaiting, has been practiced in the islands for hundreds of years.
Historians believe Bahamian straw weaving began with the native Arawaks, who created baskets used for carrying fruits and catching fish, clothing, and head coverings using palm leaves.
Bahamian straw workers typically start their craft at an early age, learning at the feet of their mothers and grandmothers.
Take a close look at a straw product - or plait, as it is known in the Bahamas - and you will begin to understand the intricacies of the weaves that carry names such as Peas'n'Rice, Bahama Mama, Jacob's Ladder, Sour Sop, Pineapple and Fish Pot.
All of our handbgas are handmade from the plaiting of Silver Top Palms. Each Couture Des Iles Handbag is unique and entirely handmade in The Bahamas.
The story behind the making of our handbags starts in Long Island Bahamas with the harvesting 'select cutting' of Silver Top Palm leaves.
The Silver Top Palm grows into medium size tree up to 10 meters. The dried leaves are then plaited and sewed into one of the kind eco-friendly handbag.