Blast from the past: Another Custom Order Bag

This is the original Chiaka Bag that gave birth to all these other Chiaka bags Read the post below as it was made way back in September 2009 and see an instagram picture of some of them πŸ˜‰, oh and you can follow us on instagram while you are at it πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘.

I had to take a break from the loads I was working on to complete a custom order request. Now this request was by no means ordinary because the customer was VERY specific, here are some specifics;
... I want it to be sturdy, comfortable to carry and very versatile (loads of visible and hidden pockets/pouch's), I want it to be stylish enough to go to the office but also functional to take with me when I go...
She asked that the bag be brown and when asked for the exact shade of brown she wrote;
I'd like my brown to be dark enough to go with black shoes but still brown enough to be identified as brown from about 2 meters away
She also added;
I want my bag fabric to be of multi colours (like Joseph's coat of many colours) I want this to be my bag of many colours so I can wear it with almost any attire I've got. I tend to lean towards EARTH TONES and not lolly pop colours...BROWN, OLIVE GREEN, BEIGE, COBALT BLUE, YELLOW, GREY, RUSTY RED, PURPLE, WHITE, ORANGE....
Now you understand why I needed to take a break cos I didn't want to have distractions while working... and I must admit this was my most challenging work yet. Dyeing the fabric was the most difficult part cos I needed to make sure that the COLOURS she wanted where all present and I also had to make sure the outcome was also pleasing...
Once I sorted out the fabric the rest was easy because she sent two very different bag pictures with these instructions;
the thick hand of bag 1 + the length of hand on bag 2, the external pockets of bag 1 + the large size of bag 2, the turned down central zipper of bag 1 + the tassel effect of bag 2...
So you see...piece of cake. LIE!!!









Like I said this was my most challenging bag yet. I was twice as careful because I knew I couldn't afford to make mistakes, I had a deadline and I dyed just enough fabric so that I will not have excess that I will be tempted to make into something else... I think I went over my sketch and step by step instructions like over a hundred times too scared to make the first cut, after a while I was like "what the hell! No guts no glory" and I am happy to report that the owner LOVED IT! Her words

I love it and already I'm thinking of other bag designs!!!!
Yup!!! Keep them coming I say.

So, back to work on the exhibition pieces. Will post updates soon...there has been a slight change of plans...



There you have it folks. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekend 

XO

7 comments:

mizchif said...

Beee-yooo-tiful.

Congratulations.

Ladi said...

do you retail in abuja. nawa ne is an average jaka?

goodnaijagirl said...

You are truly talented, Amina: the bag is a beauty! How does the dyeing process work for getting all those different colours onto the fabric?

You know I can't wait to hear more about the exhibition! Keep up the awesome work.

OlΓ³wΓ³ said...

This is gorgeous! I can't wait to see more of your stuff. I need to hit you up with a custom order once owu stops blowing. Keep up the GREAT work.

Maria said...

This is really beautiful. The mix of colours is stunning and I don't know how you resisted making yards of that fabric. I've read your blog on and off for a while and every time I come back the improvements indesign and quality are always obvious. I pray God will grant you strength and joy on your path as your clearly on your way to becoming a national treasure.

Gidan Nodza said...

@ Olowo: Thank you very much.

Gidan Nodza said...

@ Maria: Thank you so much for your observations and encouraging words. You cannot believe how much your comment means to me :D thank you again for stoping by.

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