The Carrie Forbes collections are brought to life in Morocco with the compelling spiritual essence of the Islamic culture. Each unique product is conscientiously handwoven by artisans with deep rooted knowledge and skill of indigenous weaves using sustainably sourced and local raw material. Carrie Forbes products also honors the artisans by naming our products after the weavers themselves.
Patience is a form of action. And art is a form of prayer.
Raffia palms are a species of palm trees native to tropical regions of Africa. Palm fronds are collected, harvested, and ready to be transported to Morocco where it will take on many forms.
The raffia used in Carrie Forbes is sourced from the lush marshes of Madagascar.
When the raffia arrives in Morocco, it is separated into two groups for 'natural' raffia and 'dyed' raffia. The 'dyed' raffia uses organic vegetable dyes to produce vibrant colors. Once the colors are determined, the artisans begin the weaving process.
Morocco is one of the few countries remaining with great ancient artisanal skills. With each style being created by hand, it evokes a cultured and enduring style while creating a modern, yet timeless design.
Each pair of sandals are laboriously woven by hand on shoe lasts and contains an Italian leather sole. It takes up to an entire day to weave one pair.
Our handbags consist of hand-crocheted work. Depending on the style, our crocheted handbags are made of a Rayon or Polyester raffia. Each bag takes four to eight hours of arduous crochet work.
The Carrie Forbes brand is grateful for the humble, indigenous talent of Morocco, which continually offers us a pool of inspiration drawing from the Moorish spirit.
We recognize the dedication to the soulful art of weaving and believe in paying it forward. As such, our artisans are paid 30% more than the pay standard, which enables them to prosper while providing a better livelihood for themselves and their families.