Kuba Black Go-To Tote

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Striking black patterns pop on a background of eggshell white cotton canvas in this everyday tote bag inspired by traditional Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hand-printed by Kenyan artisans and accented with handsome leather trim from one of Kenya's oldest tanneries, a magnetic button closure, and a zip pocket inside its roomy interior. A beaded tab accent pays tribute to the artisans' Maasai heritage.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African Art began as a private educational institution in 1964 to promote cross-cultural understanding in the social sciences and arts. Founded by Warren M. Robbins, it was known as the Museum of African Art and located on Capitol Hill in a townhouse that had been the home of Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist and statesman. In 1979 the museum became part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge.


  • Pattern placement may vary in each one-of-a-kind item
  • 100% cotton, leather trim
  • 17"H x 13"W, 9" strap drop
  • Roomy main compartment comfortably fits your notebook, 13" laptop, water bottle, and more
  • Spot clean only
  • Handcrafted in Kenya
  • Symbolic 36° diagonal stitch, representing the factory location in Kenya, is located on the front