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Drifter Bag - Zigzag

The Drifter Bag is a collaborative project by RU and the Rorke's Drift Community of weavers in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

The team of Weavers are made up of mainly "gogos" meaning Grandmothers in IsiZulu.

The Research Unit " Drifter'" alludes to this migrant labour reality, but more importantly, pays homage too, to the older women who stay behind to keep the community alive. The Range is a contemporary take on the Carpet Bag . From Rorke's Drift, it is then made up by the Research Unit Artisans who hand-craft the bag , thereby utilizing artisanal skill to complete the final product. Each bag is signed by both the weaver and the artisan at Research Unit.



  • 100% Veg Tanned Leather 
  • 100% Karakul Wool 
  • Wipe with leather cream when leather becomes dull


  • Inner Cotton-drawstring compartment 
  • smaller goods compartment 
  • hand-stitching on handle 
  • shell is machine stitched 
  • Made In South Africa 


  • Hand-crafted by skilled Women in the KZN Midlands at the Rorke's Drift Weaving Community. 
  • Leather is veg-tan from South Africa and a bi-product of the meat industry in South Africa
  • We strive to make fewer products, better 

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