Sunday, February 22, 2009

REVIEW: Namaste Zuma Bag

Namaste Bags
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Namaste has delivered yet another fun, functional and fabulous knitting bag with Zuma, the latest addition to the Cali Collection.

The first thing most people notice about Zuma is her unique shape, which reminds me of a cross between an old fashion doctor's bag and a bowling bag. What I love it is the wide top opening, which remains that way while you're working on your project, yet easily snaps shut when you're ready to put it away. While I don't see myself personally carrying Zuma as an everday bag (I actually use Namaste's Newport for such), I think it certainly makes the perfect large project bag. I'll be using this bag to house a sweater project soon. If you're among those who thought Zuma's larger Cali Collection siblings (Laguna and Newport) were a bit too large for your needs, but loved their styling, Zuma is your girl!

Zuma was released in a limited edition Eggplant colorway (pictured), which I was among those who voted for and was very anxious to see it in person. I'm a purple girl at heart and do like it, however was somewhat disappointed that they didn't got for a darker shade of purple/eggplant. It is still gorgeous though! Other popular colors during their Ravelry survey seemed to be a true, rich red and brown - both of which I hope to see in future Namaste bags.

As mentioned, Zuma has a wide opening, allowing for easy access to your project and she closes fast and easy with a set of 3 well-placed magnets. Here 5 metal feet keep the bottom protected and there are plenty of pockets to be found for stashing your notions and such. The interior features 3 pockets; 1 zipper pocket and 2 open-top. The exterior freatues 2 pockets; a handy zipper pocket on the rear for quick access and an accordian-style design pocket for multi-compartment storage on the front (perfect for stashing business cards).


Namaste gives you many colorful choices with Zuma, as she comes in 8 different colors; the noteable limited edition Eggplant, as well as Charcoal, Hollywood Pink, Lime, Olive, Peacock, Saddle and Turquoise. As with all Namaste products, Zuma is made of PVC-free, animal-friendly faux leather - continuing to put Namaste at the top of my personal list of companies with a conscience! This mid to large size bag, measures in at 9.5" wide x 11" high x 17" long with 10" drop hangles.

Grab your Zuma now and hit the town in style - today's knitter deserves a chic carry all and Namaste continues to deliver!


Anita said...

I love my Zuma!!! And the eggplant color is gorgeous! :)

GoldenTracks said...

Now I want one...........;~[

~Tonia~ said...

Sadly the only Namaste bag that I have is their needle holder in the green and pink that was discontinued.

Grace said...

i have wanted one of these and now I need to find a way to Convince Tom its a must have, thanks for the great review

Dianne said...

Three Cheers for Namaste!!! I love my Newport!

Channon said...

Playing catch-up on reading...
Glad to see your review. I think it's about time for a second Newport here...

Gnat said...

Ok...I'm DONE! You must stop! I can't take it anymore! I want one of these bags so bad! I've picked out the Newport in blue as the one I want and every time you take a picture of a Namaste bag you kill me! It's not in my budget right now but I want one! :)

Thanks for sharing! heheheeh