$8.20 – $13.00
These jungle vine eco purses are made by the Khmu people in Laos. The main component is a string that is made from the bark of a jungle vine. In Laos this vine is called Piet in Lao,the scientific name is Pueraria Phaseoloides. It is an eco-friendly crop that is encouraged to grow between other crops such as coffee and rubber. In Laos it is called a NTFP (non timber forest product) and has been identified as a crop of special importance. The string is made by scraping the bark of the vine, drying it and twisting the lengths together. These purses are made by knotting the vine together to create the bags. We then add a zip. The Khmu were the indigenous inhabitants of northern Laos, they now make up about 11% of the population.