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10 Woven String Bags for Groceries

July 09, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

The market tote’s more compact sibling is the netted cotton grocery bag. While it seems to me that the bags had some popularity in the 1990s, lately we’ve been noticing a resurgence–and some modern versions even include leather.



Above: French fashion house Carven has designed the Fishnet Bag with adjustable leather straps and with an orange, mint green, or pink thread; $150 at Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Also available directly from Carven and at Ron Herman.


Above: So It Goes’ Small Basket Tote is made from thick cotton rope, using traditional net making techniques; $70 from Need Supply.


Above: í€ Detacher’s Macrame Bag hass a slouchy, open weave in palm fiber. It is handmade in Peru and finished with leather handles; $230 from Anaise.



Above: Jennilee Marigomen’s Yukon Gold Potatoes, 2011 features a purple cotton string bag similar to the lavender bag in EcoBag’s Reusable Pastel String Bag Set of 5 ($32 from Amazon). Photographed for Montecristo Magazine in collaboration with Elicia Di Fonzo.


Above: The Natural Cotton String Shopping Bag is made in France and is $10.95 from Amazon.


Above: Green in color and in ethos, the Reusable Shopping String Bag is designed to carry up to 20 kilograms in weight and is $12.60 from Eco Net on Etsy.


Above: The dark purple 100-Percent SKAL Certified Organic Cotton String Bag is $9.99 from Green Please For You.


Above: The French String Shopping Bag in an off white cotton is $18 from French Vintage Home.


Above: A dark green Cotton Net Shopping Bag from Better Houseware is $7.15 from Amazon (and also available in Blue).


Above: Made by Kham tribe villagers, the Kincyaku Mini String Bag is made from kuzu fiber and knotted by hand. Each bag is labor intensive and one of a kind; $39.50 from Habu Textiles.

For a sturdier option, see ten of our favorites in our recent post: 10 Easy Pieces: French Market Totes.