Fair Trade Jewelry and Ethical Fashion

Fair Trade Jewelry & Ethical Fashion

Discover How Artisans Make These Amazing Genuine Woven Leather Bags!

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Discover How Artisans Make These Amazing Genuine Woven Leather Bags!

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Here’s How!

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! Asha, one of our experienced leather-crafting Artisan partners in India, shares how she makes these amazing bags, step by step!

#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.

Leather Traveler Bag Made with Brass 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.

#6 – The dried bags are then checked to see if there are any repairs needed after the washing and drying process.

#7 – After the Quality Check and any needed repairs, the color of the bag is matched as much as possible with a spray. Each bag has its own unique color.

#8 – After color matching as closely as possible to our control sample, waxes are then hand-rubbed on each bag with a foam sponge.

#9 – When the waxes have penetrated, it enhances the touch and feel of the bag, as it works as a conditioner. Now, all it lacks is softness.

#10 – For softness, all of the bags are put into a dry milling drum for 3-6 hours, according to the size of the bag.

Leather Traveler Bag from India

#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.

Watch this video to see our Artisan partners in India making our genuine woven Leather Traveler Bag and coordinating Leather Traveler Wristlet.

Leather Traveler Bag from India

See How It’s Made!

These Artisans are committed to preserving India’s time-honored leather crafting traditions while advocating for women’s equality and supporting education for children in rural villages.

Every purchase helps provide fair-trade jobs and build schools in areas of extreme poverty.

Watch this video to see our Artisan Partners in India making our genuine woven Leather Traveler Bag and coordinating Leather Traveler Wristlet.

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  1. Jamie Godtel

    This is amazing! Love seeing the process behind these beautiful items! ❤️

    • Nancy wright

      I’m so in love with this bag on the Wallet it is so beautiful I must buy

  2. Sue Hillman

    I was concerned that I would not get my bag in time for a special occasion. I order it this morning and already received notice that it has shipped! That was less than six hours from when I placed the order!


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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.