The Cork Tote

By Sunshine Barossa Australia


 The Cork Tote 

/th ee kawrk toht/ 


1.  This Cork Fabric, vegan-friendly tote made in the Barossa Valley is a perfect alternative to leather.

Introducing the new Cork Fabric vegan-friendly bag to my range.

After researching the best textural non-leather product for a long time now and discovering the amazing Cork Fabric was exciting. This is the one that I can proudly add to my range of leather goodies to accommodate for my customer's vegan friends and family who still would like a Sunshine Barossa piece for themselves without using any form of plastic products that won’t break down in our environment like many other vegan products are made of.

I have collaborated with another amazing local crafter Janet from @forgetitnotdesigns to create these stunning pieces.

For many people when you hear the word ‘cork, you may think of popping a lovely bottle of bubbly or a pin-up board. Many of you have not heard of cork fabric and are usually quite inquisitive to touch it as I certainly was.

Nicknamed as Nature’s Leather due to the fact that it looks and performs similar to leather but, it is made from a renewable source. Hence why my love for it has formed.
Interesting facts- The best thing about Cork Fabric is that the tree is not harmed or damaged during the harvesting process. Each tree has a rotation cycle of 9 years, this allows for the bark of the Cork Oak to regenerate ready for the next harvest.
The construction of Cork fabric is a story of patience, skill and precision. Thin sheets are carefully placed by hand onto a “backing” fabric like organising the blocks in a patchwork quilt. For a smoother texture, some of the sheets are hand-sanded, then a protective finish is applied to give a high-quality gorgeous product.

On the front is the signature Sunshine Barossa Australia Logo stitched on beautifully with antique brass rivets.  Upon opening the bag, the first thing you notice, apart from its generous size, is the gorgeous cotton lining used. It’s just so stunning and incredible to the touch! Featuring matching clip-on tassel, a zippered internal pocket,  this practical bag is sure to turn heads.

*Note-Because of the long process of how it is made the cost is very high to purchase this fabric so making these vegan-friendly products the same price as my leather ones.


76cm long x 2cm wide straps x 2 (62.5cm from top of bag)

Stunning Cork Fabric with a patterned Cotton Lining.

Antique Brass hardwear



31.5w x 38h x 11d(cm)

Metal zippered internal pocket -  21w x 16h (cm) 

Disclosure for all leather products:

Here at Sunshine Barossa Australia, we seek to celebrate what nature has created. Please remember when purchasing this Sunshine Barossa product that your piece is made from natural hide and there may be slight differences between the product pictured and the product you receive as no two natural hides are the same. There may be slight variations in appearance, colour, tone, markings and pattern. There may also be small lines (scars) or other markings on a natural hide. These variations are not faults or defects, they are a part of the unique charm of a natural hide product.

Cork Care Instructions - Cleaning your cork. Use a damp cloth ( not wringing wet) to wipe clean. For stubborn dirt use a very, very mild soap. Dry in shade, avoid direct sun exposure.

DO NOT- Bleach, wring, iron, tumble dry, dry clean