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TABLE BAGS { t u s Ca n y, i ta ly } When the family of six who run Le Sorelle (the sisters), a retail store and design bottega in Tuscany, gather for a meal, there are always plenty of beautiful accessories from which to choose. The two parents and four daughters who work together in the family business excel at making objects to adorn the table like their terracotta bread warmers, ceramic plates, glass jugs and hand printed tablecloths. While their Tuscany inspired table items are popular, internationally they have developed a reputation for their hard-to-pronounce paper bags. Le Sorelle’s UASHMAMA (pronounced wash-mama), is a series of decorative paper bags that is used to hold everything from bread and herbs to plants and cutlery.

Photo Credit: Le Sorelle

For Marco, Emanuela, Chiara, Giulia, Gemma and Gaia, design has been a family affair for generations. ”My grandfather owned a women’s shoe factory in Tuscany and my father worked by his side for many years where he learned about materials, colours and product design. 20 years ago, my parents decided to start something new“ says Giulia, one of the four sisters. In 1994, Emanuela Sarti (Giulia’s mother) opened a small home décor and fashion accessories store in the historic square of Montecatini Alto. She had a strong desire to produce the objects herself and enlisted the design and manufacturing expertise of her husband to create the merchandise. Later on, in an effort to bridge traditional manufacturing methods with technological innovation, Marco developed the idea for the washable cellulose fiber material used to make UASHMAMA bags. With the success of their growing product lines, the family opened three more Le Sorelle shops, two in Tuscany, and most recently, a fourth store in Florence close to the Ponte Vecchio.



Countlan Issue 05  
Countlan Issue 05  

Countlan is a quarterly magazine dedicated to exploring how people all over the world entertain at home.