Behold my handmade (made to order) BIG TOTE BAG in Marianna print.


I’m the type of packer that likes to just throw everything into one big bag and go, but I could never find a bag big enough and always ended up travelling with multiple bags at a time. So, I decided to create the perfect BIG tote bag! These puppies can honestly fit SO much inside of them and I've made sure to make the strap long enough so that it can comfortably fit over your shoulder. This will be your go to travel bag for any situation.


Bag measurements (approx) - 25”x17”x6”


Fabric type - Wool Blend




I’d like to take this time to address something that I’ve recently corrected myself on. My newest handcrafted pieces have all been based around two beautiful wool blend patterned fabrics. At the time that I bought them, I didn’t give the patterns and where they might come from too much thought, but after the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation having just passed by and reflecting on what that meant leading up to that day, I looked at these patterns and wondered if I was possibly doing something wrong.


From the basic online research I had previously done, I found that if you don’t use any words associated with the worldwide cultures that may have used these patterns, then it’s fine to use them, but that’s completely untrue. As we know now more than ever, the information you find online is usually false and after second guessing myself, I decided to reach out to our local SSLC (Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre) and asked them about this.


If the fabric purchased didn’t pay Indigenous artists a fair licence for the use of the pattern, it was likely copied from Indigenous culture, but with no retribution for the use of the design. This is very common and something that is often seen at Farmers/Artisan markets and big department stores. What this means is that the product is an Indigenous replica with fabric designed or stolen by a non Indigenous person and sold by a non Indigenous company. This would mean that these items don’t qualify as an authentic Indigenous product. By selling Indigenous inspired products that are not Authentic Indigenous, it appropriates the culture and takes money out of the hands of First Nations people.


I was pretty upset and embarrassed with myself for not knowing this information sooner, but I’m just so grateful to have been educated on this now and that I’m able to share what I’ve learned with you all, especially since these prints and patterns are so popular and most people might not understand the proper ethics behind them. With all that in mind, I’ve been able to correct myself and do my part in giving back.


My prices have all been changed accordingly so that a fair portion of each sale will be donated to our local SLCC, as a charity working to reclaim and celebrate the culture of the Lil’wat and Squamish Nation and creating meaningful employment to Indigenous youth. I recognize that there isn’t a fair way to pay someone for these designs, as I don’t know where they directly come from, but this would at least make some sort of difference in having the funds and awareness go in the right direction. Moving forward, if I do continue to use these beautiful prints, I will be consulting with Indigenous artists to see what would be possible or pay a fair license for their consultation and design.


These last few years have been such eye opening times when it comes to racial and cultural appropriation issues. I always want to do my part in learning, growing and giving back and I guess sometimes that means making a mistake in getting there. I thank all the different people and organizations that have helped me along my journey in getting here and I hope that my transparency inspires others to do the same.

The Big Tote Bag (Marianna)

  • Due to its hand-made nature, each Nat the Label garment possesses unique variances. To uphold its character, it is recommended to DRY CLEAN your special gem, otherwise gently hand wash in cold water and hang to dry. Warm iron inside out.