One day she was tweeting about only wearing South African made clothes as far as possible and I tweeted back that I would make her a bag and ...well...I did.
When considering what I should make I first thought of shweshwe, as it is a truly South African fabric. Obvious choice.
I wanted a bag that's not too in-your-face, but not something demure either, something with humor, originality as well as practicality. Something that is not everyday, something one would notice.
I decided on a basic enlarged clutch shape with a flap. And yes, you will recognise a similar style to the one I gave away in This Cosy Life's Monday Meltdown. Well, if something works then keep the same feel, I say. But where that bag had no frills, just the ruching, I added frills to the flap of this one (that one didn't have a flap).
I once again chose to use different prints of the same colour shweshwe, in fact, I used SIX!
As to the practicality, I added a little zippered pouch to the back of the bag, for anything that a political figure might want to have close at hand. Like...erm... I dunno, the latest facts on corruption...?
And of course inside are two little pockets for all those things that gets lost at the bottom of one's bag: lipstick, keys.
I sent some of the photos to Ms Zille's very capable and friendly assistant and received back and email from Ms Zille saying that she could see it had "verve and a sense of humor". Well, I was as pleased as punch and tried my best to get someone, anyone to personally take the bag to Cape Town.
I failed to find someone and ended up using the good old PostNet services to send it.
To say that I'm quite proud of the fact that a person like Helen Zille not only has one of my bags, but LIKES it, is an understatement.
Now if I could only get a photo of her with the bag.....