Handmade from Soft & Attractive Full Grain Leather
Handwoven Guatemalan Típico Textiles Using Backstrap Loom Method
Attractive and Stylish Design
Holds All Your Make-Up Products
Durable with Double Stitched Seams & Brooklyn-based YKK Zipper
Length: 9 Inches
Height: 5.5 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Materials: Full Grain Leather, Genuine Mayan Textiles, YKK Zipper
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
This slim clutch with rustic accents is meant to be passed on to future generations.
This beautiful item is the stylish lady's leather Make-Up bag. Made with high-quality full grain leather, with decorative, handwoven textiles native only to the region of Comalapa, Guatemala. With a zipper to keep its contents secure, this Leather Make-Up bag is the perfect home for your cosmetics.
The first use of make-up dates back over 6000 years ago in Egypt, when women would apply a substance made with copper, minerals, ash, ochre and ore to give color and definition to their faces. Around the same time period, the Chinese would apply a primitive form of nail polish using beeswax, gum and egg, with the colors of the fingernails representing social class: Chou dynasty royals would wear gold and silver, while subsequent royals wore black or red. Lower classes were strictly forbidden to wear bright colors on their nails. Grecian women would paint their faces with white lead and used crushed mulberries as a type of rouge. Fake eyebrows, often made using oxen hair, was also fashionable. Celebrate the deep history of make-up with Hide & Drink's stylish Comalapa Make-Up Bag.
Comalapa is a town just north-west of the capital city of Guatemala, and was the scene of epic battles between the Mayan indigenous people and the colonial Spanish in the 16th century. Known as the "Florence of Guatemala", its community bears an attitude that allows weavers the freedom of expression to make each textile a unique personal work of art, and the town is also well known for its primitive, naïf paintings. Some of the most complex and beautiful textile designs come from this region, and this Comalapa Make-Up Bag is no exception.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment helps the bag to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers.
The leather we use, originating from our well established supplier Compiel, is only Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they are not all the same in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece, it's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running, and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide, that is then treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.