Vintage Kantha & Buffalo Leather Tote Bag - Short 2019 no.1
Upcycled Vintage Kantha with Veg-Tanned Nepali Village Buffalo Leather, hand-woven cotton canvas lining with inside pocket, and brass hardware.
30 cm tall X 33 cm wide and 8 cm deep at base
Each bag is One of a Kind due to the unique nature of the handmade and vintage material pieces being used. In other words, this bag has a quantity of 1.
Made in collaboration with WOVEN (a branch of WSDO - Women’s Skills Development Organization, a Fair-Trade Women’s Empowerment organization in Nepal).
As the materials used are hand made and vintage, flaws and imperfections are inherent and are what give each piece it’s unique character.
Eco-friendly vegetable tanned buffalo leather is from Himalayan villages of Nepal.
Kantha is a type of Embroidered Quilting traditionally done by rural women of East India and Bangladesh, by recycling old clothing and fabric and layering them with long running stitches. Finished Kantha pieces are then typically used as blankets, throws, bed covers, and shawls.
Unlike the new commercial Kantha that is more common today, this Vintage Kantha is made for and used in the home by the families of the individual artisans, and continually added to over a period of years. Considering the time and amount of use that is required to give this material its unique multi-layered textures (and lets not forget to mention the intricate hand work), an extra dimension is added to the concept of Slow-Fashion.
Eventually some exquisite pieces may find there way to antique/vintage craft collectors, which is where we hand selected the most unique and beautiful for use in this collection.