WATER 01 indigo leather tote bag, made to order.
Made to order, please allow 3 weeks for fabrication.
Leather tote bag. Strap long enough to be a shoulder bag.
Simple tote bag with single compartment.
Supple imported Brazilian leather. Hand dyed and crafted in New York City.
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 patina.
- Strap drop: 11”
- Body width: 13.5”
- Body height: 14”
- Body depth: 3.5”
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. Surface design is Xsilk original.