The Fragrance Route | PROEbags / PROEsakke
From Hay Box To PROEbag
Inventor Karl von Drais developed the German hay box during the first part of the 19th century and this “fireless cooker” has been used ever since. Originally hay or straw were the commonly used insulators: pots of food would be brought to a boil and placed in a box with hay or straw under, around and on top of the pot. Nowadays even sleeping bags and backpacks are used by campers and hikers to ensure a hot meal at the end of the day!
A hay box, straw box, fireless cooker, insulation cooker, retained-heat cooker, wonder oven, wonder box, wonder bag... whatever the name, this simple way of preparing food has been used by many generations all over the world. The “hay box” concept is tried and trusted: food is heated to boiling point, well insulated, and then “slow cooks”. Food can’t burn and the cooking method seals in healthy nutrients and wholesome goodness.
How To Use Your PROEbag / Gebruik Jou PROEsak Só
The versatile PROEbag can be taken everywhere. Handles have been designed so that you can also carry it back-pack style or swing it across a shoulder. At home you don’t have to hide it: display your colourful shweshwe bag on top of a cupboard to make a statement. And if you like entertaining buffet style, buy a few because PROEbags are perfect for such occasions. Keep the “hat” in position and the hot or cold food well insulated inside until required. Then open, fold back the edge at the top, heat food again if necessary, add a serving spoon, and dish up straight from the bag. Put the “hat” back afterwards - handy not only to help preserve temperature but also to keep insects away.
Orders / Bestellings
THIS WORK CREATION PROJECT WILL ONLY BE LAUNCHED IN JANUARY 2018 - WE ARE CURRENTLY BUSY TESTING SAMPLES. VISIT FRIEMERSHEIM DURING THE 2018 FRAGRANCE FEST ON SATURDAY 3 MARCH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCT AND PROJECT!
PROEbags are made on order by the Friemersheim Sewing Group and Kraal Kreations @ Die Kraal. Only iconic locally produced Three Cats shweshwe is used. Vibrant, chic and distinctive this “national heritage item” has become a proudly South African trademark instantly recognizable all over the world. Read The Shweshwe Story at the bottom and see more under Origin Stories at www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/project/fashion
Cost per bag: R490.00 excluding delivery from Great Brak River. Buy TWO and save R50 on the second bag! (R930.00 in total).
Bags will only be put into production once payment via EFT has been received. The delivery time will be confirmed at that stage and depends on the number of orders in production - during quiet times seven working days can be allowed.
When the material for your PROEbag is purchased it is first pre-shrunk - washing also removes the starch - before the shweshwe is then sent to the former missionary settlement of Friemersheim at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. There orders are divided between Kraal Kreations @ Die Kraal and The Friemersheim Sewing Group, creating job opportunities close to home for a number of local women.
Create Your Own PROEbag / Skep Jou Eie PROEsak
To celebrate the beauty of shweshwe two different fabrics are used for each bag, one outside and one inside. The colour combinations are endless and so is the look achieved, which can vary from classic to funky to minimalistic.
Orders can be placed for existing PROEbag pairs (e.g. swatches numbers 2 and 1 would be for the outside in blue, the inside in purple) or you can mix and match your own colours and designs (e.g. outside in pink dotted number 31, inside in plain purple number 17).
Special deals are available for corporate sales – choose your own fabric and add a personalized tag to your bag!
Looking After Your PROEbag / Sorg Só Vir Jou PROEsak
New shweshwe has a distinctive prewash stiffness and smell: the answer lies in its production and history, when during long sea voyages starch was used to preserve the fabric from the elements. After washing, the stiffness disappears to leave behind a beautiful soft cotton fabric. The 100% superior quality cotton will dry quickly, especially on a windy day, and will last for many years.
Polystyrene granules are used as filling, making your PROEbag light and very easy to wash and dry. Wash the bag in cold water with a mild detergent and hang outside. Since the indigo fades with washing in a similar manner to denim you might want to put it outside in the shade.
The Shweshwe Story