I can’t even remember exactly where the idea to wax linen came from exactly, but these bags are made out of waxed linen, which is water resistant and a little more special than waxed canvas. The texture is oh so touchable, not to mention impeccably handsome!
Linen is a natural fiber that comes from the flax plant. It is incredibly strong and because it is from a plant, you can grow more of it as long as there’s water, healthy soil and sunshine. The type I’m using is the same that is used for these gorgeous home linens.
I get the material un-dyed which is why there is some natural variation in the color. The products are offered in two options: Natural Flax and Custom Turmeric. You can literally eat the dye because it is just spice and vinegar. The turmeric fades and changes with time, sort of like your favorite jeans.
The wax is the kind that comes from bees. Plain and simple. For the prototypes, I melted it in an old crockpot and applied it to the linen with a brush, then it literally melts in with a little passion from the heat gun. I buy the beeswax just down the street. And I get my leather from a local seller in the mission district of San Francisco.
The bag exterior can be wiped clean with a wet cloth. A small amount of gentle soap can also be used for tougher areas. Over time, the texture will change. Each bag will come with a small pat of wax. If you want to re-apply the wax to make any areas more water resistant, simply heat the wax with a hairdryer and rub it into the fabric, wiping off any excess.
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