“Made in the Dark” are a husband and wife team; Mara Tauilili Smitlen and Tologataua Natopai Tauiliili SMITLEN (Norman).
Norman is completely blind and Mara has limited vision. For the past ten years, Norman has designed and made handwoven bags from strapping tape. Mara finishes and decorates them. The bags include handbags, shopping bags (in response to the removal of plastic bags) and sturdy laundry bags. The bags sell like hot cakes in New Zealand and Samoa.
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