Bucket Bag 03. indigo leather shoulder bag
Roomy draw string bucket bag.
Single compartment bag with one zippered interior pocket.
Supple imported Brazilian leather, thick enough to retain its shape, but light enough to go anywhere.
Leather was dip dyed with natural indigo then hand painted with gold leaf and metallic pigment.
Naturally tanned leather strap, brass & gold tone hardwares.
Hand dyed and crafted in New York City. Lining was also hand dyed with indigo.
This one of a kind bag is made one at a time.
- Strap drop: 22.5”
- Body width: 11.5”
- Body height: 10.5”
- Body depth: 5.5” (approximate)
How was it made?
Leather was hand dyed using natural indigo. Katazome* technique was applied to create the surface pattern. Once dyed, leather was conditioned with bee wax and pine resin, before being made into a bag.
This leather was tanned with vegetable tannin and dyed with indigo using minimal chemical use. The botanical tannin and dye ensures leather will age well. With repeated use, indigo hue will darken and acquire richer tone.
Katazome is a traditional Japanese method of dyeing textile. Dye resist paste, made with rice flour is applied onto textile through a hand cut stencil. After the paste dries, textile is immersed in a indigo dye bath. Once textile is dried, resist paste is washed away to reveal the design of the stencil. Katazome is considered to be an early prototype of silk screen printing.
Although Katazome technique is usually applied to textile, it has been adopted for leather dyeing after years of research and experiments. You won’t find Katazome indigo leather anywhere else.