Hand Tooled Shantiniketan Bag


Unique handcrafted, hand tooled, painted women's Indian Shantiniketan shoulder bag / handbag /purse/ tote bag made from 100% genuine leather.


This is a unique handcrafted, hand tooled, painted women’s shoulder bag / handbag /purse/ tote bag made from 100% genuine leather. This bag is quite spacious.

The central design on both sides of the bag depicts an Indian lady with a peacock. There is a multi-color floral border on both sides of the central design and also on the sides of the bag.

The bag closes fully with a zipper on top. It also has a zipper compartment on the back. Inside the bag there is one large and one small zippered compartment. It also has a cellphone pouch.

Length: 14 inches
Height: 12 inches
Width (at base): 4 inches
Shoulder Strap Drop: 12 inches

100% Genuine leather (vegetable tanned)
PCP free chemicals
Vegetable-based pigment colors
Wooden Blocks

This purse is a classic example of age old Shantiniketan craft which was introduced in West Bengal, India during the 1940s. It derives its name from the place where it was first introduced – Shantiniketan and was patronized by Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore who revived a number of crafts that were nearing redundancy in Shantiniketan.

The Shantiniketan style evolved as a result of the Art Movement and these products have now become world famous for their appliqué, batik and embossed craft work.

The process of burnishing the leather gives it an elegant sheen and brings out the colors. The major embossing craft is done by hand and is an intricate process. After the final leather piece is made, it is then stitched into the desired product coated with a lacquer finish for making the product shiny and long lasting.

The traditional motifs used for these Shantiniketan bags depict the rich cultural heritage of India.


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