We were so amazed by the craftsmanship of our new genuine woven Leather Traveler Bag, we asked these Artisans to show us how they did it!
#1 – First we use natural un-dyed vegetable-tanned leather and cut the components of the bag.
#2 – Then the parts are assembled and the bag is created along with lining, zippers, and hardware.
#3 – We use brass hardware because it doesn’t rust. Traditional iron or zinc can’t withstand washing.
#4 – The bags are washed in tanning drums along with leather dyes. The washing takes 4-8 hours depending upon the color.
#5 – The washed bags are then tumbled in a dryer for 3-4 hours.
#8 – After color matching as closely as possible to our control sample, waxes are then hand-rubbed on each bag with a foam sponge.
#11 – After milling, the bags are checked again for any needed repairs or defects.
Edges that are exposed the most and come in contact with drums constantly become darkened.
These areas of darkness are characteristic of the artisanal technique of leather washing.
The result is this artisanal ultra-soft genuine leather bag with the vintage “well-loved” look.
Carefully handcrafted using traditional tools and time-honored methods of construction and washing, this bag and coordinating wristlet has a unique look and natural feel.
With natural vegetable-tanned leather, some color loss occurs over time that enhances the vintage look of the bag.
Trades of Hope is partnering to help build schools in rural villages in India.
Every purchase of our Leather Traveler Bag & Leather Traveler Wristlet helps build schools in rural villages in India.