There is something very rustic about warm bread fresh from the bakery served in a paper bag, but alas that paper bag ends up in the bin as it never holds out for the journey. Tuscan company Le Sorelle have come up with the perfect solution, made up of four sisters (below), La Sorelle entrusted their idea to local artisans and have created the Uash Mama (Pronounced Wash Mama) paper bag.
Created originally as a paper bread bag, they feel like leather and yet wash like fabric meaning they are reusable and – unlike the green recycle bags that you get in the supermarkets – a little more attractive to use from shop to dinner table… or you can use them for anything else you see fit…
Even better for the ecological ones amongst us… they are made using a virgin fibre from cultivation and NOT through deforestation.
The paper is treated using a similar process to leather where the paper is stretched and tanned. They come in four sizes and three basic colours (natural, black and white…)… however there is also a gold and silver laminate for those of you who like a bit of bling on your bread bag!
Fortunately for us Aussies Object Trouve came across ‘Uash Mama’ (pronounced wash mama) bags when they were travelling through Italy earlier this year, and bought them back to the country of green and gold.
The revolution of the paper bag does not just stop there, they also have shopping bags with a hand woven handle… these would be perfect for shopping, or hanging flowers and plants.
And my favourite little addition is the little terracotta warmer that you can heat up in the oven to keep you Pain au Chocolate or Panini nice and toasty warm!
The technique has also been used to create little lampshades which can be placed over glasses…
….The perfect little stocking filler…. or even stocking perhaps…..Now there is an idea girls…. just remember you heard it here…. on with the colourful journey…..