Shoes, bags, hats, belts and a lot more. Raffia is everywhere and just like every summer, this is out fav accessorise. The versatile straw-like natural fiber that traditionally is derived from dried palm leaves and woven to create everyday items from homegoods to accessories. You might typically associate this fiber with your favorite basket bag or best summer sun hat, but this season the raffia trend gets a major reboot in the form of standout footwear. Designers embraced the trend, using a plethora of weaving, twisting, braiding and even dying techniques, to create some of the best shoe styles imaginable.
Native to the more tropical regions of Africa, raffia palms have been used for centuries to make baskets, placemats, hats, and more. In recent years, the raffia fiber has become a popular material in resort wear such as beach bags, clutches, sandals, and slides. Straw-like bags are not only meant for poolside wear anymore, but can be filled with fresh veggies from the farmers market to or to the office on your warm-weather commute. Though once confined to Europe’s upper classes, raffia is now a fashion staple, especially for the spring and summer seasons. In fact, the woven material has taken center stage in several fashion houses’ collections in recent years, including Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Loewe.
From splurge-worthy bags and shoes to more affordable alternatives, there are so many options you can choose.
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