Handbags that are made in Mr. Cruz's workshop are made of hand-tanned leather. The leather is tanned using vegetable tannins, and it owes its natural color only to the sun's rays.
At the beginning, immediately after its preparation, the leather is hung outside the workshop so that it can dry naturally. The weather, or rather the season in Mexico, is very important here. During the rainy season, leather takes much longer to dry. As a rule, however, in average conditions it takes about 2-3 days.
Bags are made of already dry leather. Before exposure to sunlight, the skin is very light, beige in color. Very often the bags you see in our reports from the workshop look completely different than their final version.
After making all the bags from a given order, the leatherworkers spread all the bags outside the workshop. This is when the most important process that changes the color of our bags takes place. The sun's rays act on bovine skin just like on human skin. Over time, the skin tans and the color of the handbag changes to brown.
In the pictures below you can see changes in the color of the bags within a few days.
The process of gaining color does not end with the departure of the bag from the workshop. It is an endless change that continues with the use of the product. Bags become darker over time and their patterns become more expressive.
Carmen Small handbag after two years of use.