The Toina Abel line of basket-like purses is reflective of a long history of handmade reed weaving. Designer Nuno Henriques aims to preserve the authentic manner of production that has been central to the Portuguese village of Castanheira for generations, hence his development of the highly traditional line.
In addition to the historical value present in these Toina Abel pieces, they are also remarkably intricate and avant-garde. Advanced levels of intricacy are present within swaths of purple, red, green yellow and pink, making for mesmerizing kaleidoscope-like shapes and patterns.
Despite the customary elements that are tied to basket weaving, the practice may soon fade away as younger generations become more predominant. Today however Henriques is respecting the long standing legacy.
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