As weary workers in the cities start preparing for their annual summer vacation, sales of bikinis and other swimsuit items are already soaring. Beachwear and resort wear are predictably high on the shopping list of most vacationers. Also enjoying a growth in interest this year are accessories made from straw and raffia, such as hats, bags, and footwear.
Swimming with the current trend
Clutching at straws
As has been reported by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and even the Financial Times, items made by weaving fibers of straw (dried, yellowish stalks from crops such as wheat or barley) and raffia (a fiber made from palm leaves) are popular this summer, not only for their eco-friendly feel but also their boho aesthetic . Don’t expect all raffia and straw to look the same though – while the natural color is a shade of yellow or beige, it can also be dyed to something a little more vibrant. Also, peer more closely at a hat made from woven straw or raffia, and you will notice that the types of weaves are quite different. While some are loosely woven, almost like crochet, others are so tight as to appear almost waterproof (but it is not advisable to let such natural fibers get too wet).