Until the 1970's it was common in Australia to see a white canvas water bag slung from the radiator grille of cars in the bush. These were made from flax, the rough cousin of linen – a tough and when wet – watertight fabric. 

Such bags were the inspiration for the forms and materiality of Water. Made from the same flax loomed fifty years ago when its predecessor and muse was in commercial production in this country.

Vegetable tanned whipmakers Kangaroo leather has been employed for the depth of its grain, suppleness, exceptional strength and qualities that ensure it will patina with age and use. Traditional hardware and closures have been used throughout the construction of these bags; hallmarks of a previous artisanal age.

Water is a classic handbag with a concertina aperture that allows ready access. A center divider helps organise the contents and there are five internal pockets.


Each bag is handmade to order by James B Young in his Alice Springs workshop. Please allow up to 6 weeks for the delivery of your bag from the time of purchase.

Outer: Kangaroo leather, flax
Internal pockets Kangaroo leather
Hardware: solid copper saddlers' rivets and solid brass D rings, sailmakers eyelets and Sam Brownes
Lining: pigskin
Other: jute rope handles

350 x 250 x 200mm

Care instructions available on request

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