We work with a few very talented and experienced leather artisans in Bali. They are all independent makers and work from their homes, sometimes with help of a few employees. The products that can be made vary from shoes, sandals, bags and purses to belts and dog collars. Next to plain styles, it is possible to work with carvings, lasering, embossing, paintings on the leather, leather weaving and leather embroidery. All products are custom made, so you will need to provide design details for your custom styles.
Conventional chrome-tanned leather is highly criticized, because of the negative, environmental impact of the tanning process. Therefore, we have chosen to only work with vegetable tanned leather.
Vegetable tanned leather is real cow leather, tanned in a bath with water and acacia wood. The oils in the bark of the wood do the tanning work, as opposed to harsh synthetic chemicals that are used with chrome-tanning. The vegetable tanned leather can be dyed with synthetic or with natural dyes.
There are no leather tanneries in Bali. The available leather in Bali comes from tanneries in Java. There are shops in Bali that sell leather, but we found it hard to get consistency in the quality of different orders when working with these suppliers in Bali. Therefore, we recommend ordering leather directly from a tannery in Java.
To make the process of ordering less complex for our clients, we have teamed up with a leather tanner in Magetan, Java. We have a good relationship with this tannery and trust them for their good and consistent quality. It is also possible to buy leather from us if you are not working through us for production.