Muun saw the light of day in 2004 in Nyariga, Northern Ghana, West Africa. Muun was born from an unexpected meeting of two worlds – Tahiru, expert in the traditional art of straw-weaving and Audrey, a fashion consultant on the Japanese market.
As time went by, the Muun family grew to include leatherworkers, spinners, weavers, assemblers, seamstresses from around the world. Each and every one sharing the same Muun values: respect for others and a love of natural material.
Inspired by Scandinavian design, a constant pursuit of Japanese minimalism as well as cosmopolitan and surprising influences, Muun has reinterpreted the traditional straw bag into a timeless and aesthetic object. Muun’s signature straw bag is reinterpreted with a personalised and detachable pouch be it woollen or in cooler fabrics, plain or colourful, zipped or tied.
Care & attention to detail
Straw, cotton, wool, linen, leather … All carefully selected natural materials wrought by women (and men), working closely on the Muun adventure. The brand’s identity lies in the association of noble materials and singular skills.
Ghana’s elephant grass provides thin and resistant straw. The grass is harvested, dried and weaved locally thanks to centuries’ old craftmanship of the Nyariga Craft Society women in Bolgatanga, Upper East Ghana.
Selected for its supple texture, Muun’s leather is the result of a natural plant-based tanning process which gives it its exceptional grain, shape memory and patina. This extraordinary work is done by the Mamet and Varennes Workshop near Saumur, in the West of France, to whom Muun entrusts the production of its leather pieces.
The winter version of the Muun bag is knitted with light spring wool which is collected, prepared and knitted by the Nutsa handicraft workshop women from Caucasus in Georgia.
Cotton, Linen and Jute
Weight, elasticity, rigidity, suppleness, colour: the choice of fabric is also a determining factor in making the cloth bag and the pouch. Muun prefers natural materials such as cotton, linen or jute. These items are carefully made by people with disabilities working for ISTA.