The Shantiniketan region in West Bengal is famous for its beautifully handcrafted leather handbags and other accessories. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns and sizes with traditional motifs, a Shantiniketan bag displays the rich cultural heritage of India gracefully. It is a perfect example of superior workmanship of the local artisans.
The raw materials required for making these elegant leather bags is leather (vegetable tanned), PCP free chemical and vegetable-based pigment colors. The process of giving the leather its finishing is akin to what the Italians do. The process of burnishing the leather gives it an elegant sheen and brings out the colors and enhances the overall look. The major embossing craft is done by hand and is an intricate process. The final stage of this craft is the lacquer finishing which is used to polish the Shantiniketan leather product and prevent it from being attached by mould and fungus.
The most appealing quality about these Indian leather bags are the traditional motifs that depict floral and geometric designs and the natural dyes used in the process give it a very classy look.