This unique women's bag is hand painted and hand crafted from 100% genuine leather. The interiors of the bag have high quality fabric lining.
This is a unique, small, handcrafted, hand tooled, painted Shantiniketan Women’s Shoulder/Crossbody Bag/Purse made from 100% genuine leather. It has a traditional Indian elephant design on both sides of the bag. The flap of the bag closes with a magnetic button. The two main compartments of the bag are divided by a zipper compartment. Inside the bag, there is a small zipper compartment, a cellphone pouch & pen slots. It also has a zipper compartment on the back. It has an adjustable shoulder strap.
DIMENSIONS: Length: 9.5 inches Height: 7.8 inches Width (at base): 2.5 inches Shoulder Strap: Adjustable
MATERIALS USED: 100% Genuine leather (vegetable tanned) PCP free chemicals Vegetable-based pigment colors Hammer Brush Wooden Blocks
ORIGIN AND MAKING: 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.