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How to DIY the Roop Furoshiki Bag That’s Everywhere on Instagram

Getting your hands on the perpetually sold out saccharine-hued fabric carryalls might be a tall order but this DIY can get you pretty close to it.
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The Black Lives Matter movement has caused monumental shifts across the world. In fashion, its effect has meant shining the limelight on black designers. As the industry rallied together online in support of the oft overlooked black designers, it brought many long overlooked names out of the woodwork. Amongst them is Natasha Fernandes Anjo, the 29-year-old designer behind Roop, a line of carryalls handmade from remnant vintage fabrics.

In the past couple of weeks, you might’ve at one point or another noticed Roop’s distinguishable saccharine-hued fabric sacks and some of you, gone a step further to investigate how to get your hands on one. I was one of those people, however, not nearly fast enough. By the time I got onto the site, all of Roop’s bags were sold out. All. The perfect summer arm candy was staring right at me but acquiring it was impossible. So near yet so far, they say.

But a girl does not give up on a dream just like that. Given the handmade quality of Roop’s handmade carryalls, it occurred to me that I might just be able to do it myself. It might not look exactly the same but it could come close. With a few quarantine DIY projects under my belt, I was optimistic. And luckily for me, there were plenty of leads. For one, the name of the bag, Furoshiki, itself was a dead giveaway.

The bag draws its inspiration from Japanese roots. Furoshiki are square wrapping cloths traditionally used in Japan to carry things. The starting point: a square cloth of your choice. If you were to look it up, the process of creating your own fabric bag is quite literally as easy as 1,2,3.

Step 1: Tie a ma-musubi knot with two opposite corners of the fabric. When tying, you want to make sure that one end is longer than the other.

Step 2: Repeat the process on the other side. You now have two long ends that will form the straps.

Step 3: Tie the two long ends together in a ma-musubi knot to create the handle.

And wa-lah! There you have it – no needles, no machines involved. You can thank me later.

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