The journey of our leather bags: From its origins

November 08, 2014

Hello people!

A couple of weeks back, I had told you about one of the fans of this blog post, Altie058, who had asked me to explain the process of creating leather bags at Soulful Collection.

While I have already discussed about the basic glossary of things surrounding leather, let me now talk about how we create our leather bags through environment-friendly means.

At Soulful Collection, a lot of hard work goes behind the making of handcrafted leather bags and accessories.

Our products stand for impeccable quality for a reason - customer satisfaction alongside environment protection.

We painstakingly go through multiple steps to ensure you receive 100% nature-friendly leather bags and accessories in your hands, which are exquisitely handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques in the desert state of Rajasthan (India).

The bags produced by us are completely Eco-friendly and made using the process of ‘Vegetable Tanning’. This form of tanning is the one which is most traditional and gives leather its unique natural characteristics, without any use of chemicals.

Vegetable tanning is eco-friendly and the products made using them are completely recyclable. Since vegetable tanning is a traditional process, most tanneries (workplace where skins and hides are tanned) have craftsmen that are extremely skilled for producing and dyeing the leather. Colors that vegetable-tanned products produce are rich and look natural.

The process of vegetable tanning involves the use of ‘Tannin’ - a bitter plant composite that binds proteins in the hide (animal skin) and coats them. The process causes the hide to become suppler. This also causes them to become less water-soluble and more defiant to bacterial attack.

Let’s go through the procedure and find out how our leather products come to life:

Step 1: First, the surplus hair of goat leather skin is cleaned. Afterwards, the skin is tanned for approximately one month using the vegetable tanning method. Afterwards, the hide is left to dry in the sun.

Step 2: The desiccated leather skin is cut into pieces of various design and shape, depending on the nature of the product.

Step 3: A high quality canvas is pasted on the inner side to provide strength and durability. This ensures that the leather bag looks aesthetic.

Step 4: The various pieces are then stitched into a bag using high quality thread. For durable fittings, we use rivets, buckles and buttons which are all made of brass. We also use best-quality YKK zippers for extra durability.

Step 5: Finally, the outer surface of each bag is rubbed with vegetable oil to get the right shade. The bag is now ready for use.

There you have it – a handcrafted leather bag, made by the best craftsmen in the business, with highest standard of quality.

As Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

We practice, toil, and strive for perfection when it comes to making Soulful leather bags and accessories.

Love, XOXO

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