Leather tote bag inspired by the Mexican tin heart. Internal pocket with closure, magnet clasp. A design that will fill your days with life and color. The skins used in this collection are treated with 100% vegetable materials. This means that different natural products are used in it’s tanning process instead of using chemicals that are harmful to the environment. These natural products are usually branches of trees and plants, such as chestnut and tara, sticks, roots and nuts, which are powdered and used to tan leather. The anilines used to color your bag, like the waxes that create the two-tone effect, are of plant origin. For this reason, any irregularity that is noticed in the skin is the effect of the natural process. As a suggestion, do not expose your bag to the sun for a long time as some oxidation could be noticed in the color, as it happens with fruit.
Measurements: 11” x 17” x 6”
Tinplate handcrafts are a long-standing tradition in the Tehuantepec Isthmus, originally intended as brass candle holders and reliquaries for Catholic churches. The inspiration for this type of art comes from nature, animals, some religious events, holidays, and regional traditions. Tinplate accounts for eighty percent of the materials used to make these, and the other twenty percent can be either copper, brass or alpaca. Dyes are also used to add color, and the figures are carved with chisels and iron blades. Other Mestates, such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Jalisco, and Mexico City, are also known for their tinplate handcrafts. The tinplate heart you see on your bag is our representation of a “miracle”, a beautiful heart made of tin, one of the most emblematic Mexican handcrafts. The use of these objects can be traced back to the times of the Mexican conquest, when they were made from gold, lead, and precious stones, and were used as offerings for the Virgin. This way people could ensure the miracle they were pleading for would be granted. Tinplate miracles are a reminder that love, as well as art, is molded through the heart and hands.