We have been makers since the day Mr. Jagannath founded a small leather workshop for royal family of Udaipur , Rajasthan, in 1962. For more than a 50 years, every LeatherhandmadebagsCO (Previously CharmShilp) travel bag, briefcase, backpack, handbag and accessory has been proudly Made in India and crafted to last a lifetime.
Each bag is individually handmade by our skilled artisans using the finest leathers selected from small craft tanneries in our home state of Jaisalmer, as well as Jaipur and Barmer. Our exclusive leathers are tanned using old-school tanning and finishing techniques to accentuate the full grain, color variances and natural imperfections of each hide.
Developed using crushing with salt and last with obtaining natural vintage look using exposure to sunlight and Vegetable oil tanning . The leather is kept in sunlight for at least for 72 hours to create a rich patina that gives every bag its unique texture and character.
At Leatherhandmadebags, we use only the finest materials and meticulous hand craftsmanship to create leather goods of best quality
About leather we use
All LeatherhandmadbagsCO products are made from full grain, vegetable-tanned leather. This kind of leather is very durable, has a natural touch and appearance, and ages beautifully. Nowadays, it's rare to find bags made with full grain vegetable-tanned leather.
Full-grain leather – the highest grade of leather, and the most expensive. Full-grain hides retain their entire grain (top layer), the strongest part of the hide that also gives leather a natural look. Marks accumulate on the grain over an animal's lifetime, so only the cleanest hides can be used full-grain. Full-grain leather is characterized by its durability and natural texture. This is the leather that we use.
Vegetable tanning is the traditional method of tanning that was refined by the Italians, Spanish and French during the Renaissance. This method uses tannins from tree bark, e.g. of chestnut, mimosa, and quebracho. The raw hides are placed in barrels with the tannins and dye for several weeks. This method takes patience and tremendous skill, and few tanneries have the capability to produce vegetable-tanned leather. Only 10% of the world's leather production is vegetable-tanned.
We love vegetable-tanned leather and only use this kind of leather in our leather goods. Here's why:
More natural , unique look and touch: As it's made with natural tannins, vegetable-tanned leather looks and feels more natural than chrome-tanned leather. Vegetable-tanned leather has much more beautiful texture of colour than run-of-the-mill chrome-tanned leather.
LeatherhandmadbagsCO handcrafts each leather bag and uses semi-vegetable tanned leather; which may result in variances in texture, colour and shading and natural lines and marks on the leather, which may be individual to each bag. There may be differences in the colour of the lining, style and construction of each bag compared to the bags shown on the website.
Ability to patina: If you've ever seen a leather bag that looks beautifully aged, it's probably vegetable-tanned leather. Vegetable-tanned leather develops a patina over time, giving the leather a soft sheen and beautiful depth of colour. The patina develops in response to usage and exposure to sunlight and heat, making each item truly unique to the owner. Chrome-tanned leather does not improve with age or develop a patina.
Smell: Vegetable-tanned often smells sweet and earthy, rather than the chemical, synthetic smell of chrome-tanned leather.
Generally, if a brand/manufacturer does not specify if the leather is vegetable-tanned or chrome-tanned, it's most likely chrome-tanned. Companies that are passionate about leather and that choose to use vegetable-tanned leather will make sure that you know they're using special stuff!