Elegant, winding floral patterns
for a backpack  that pays homage
to the long-ago feudal noblewomen
who lived in a far-away past.

Technical characteristics
Woman’s backpack in smooth, naturally tanned Tuscan leather, hand worked with Cotinus coggygria natural coloring.
Handmade flap with leather contrast on the interior made with rust printing technique.
Hemp dyed with woad on the flap background.
Flap with clip closure.
Leather runner.
Circular short handle.
Adjustable shoulder straps.
Metal studs.
Unlined, with a floral contrast theme obtained through manual rust printing technique.
Pocket with metallic closure, zip with printed flora theme, obtained through manual rust printing technique.
Hand painted edges.
Heat printed logo on leather.


Dusky brown / baby blue.

95% natural-tanned leather, 5% hemp. Light-gold  metallic accessories.

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1 350,00 €

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Data sheet

Height 37 cm
Width 30 cm
Depth 13,5 cm
Handle Lenght 9 cm
Colore Dusky brown / baby blue
Composizione 95% natural-tanned leather, 5% hemp. Light-gold metallic accessories

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The uniqueness
Pennabilli is a unique bag/backpack since it is not only made entirely in Italy but is also the result of care and dedication paid throughout the entire production phase.
The initial Design study was based on an accurate research that retraced the most important Italian artisanal handicraft tradition.
The selected materials meet the need of proposing 100% natural collections. The productive cycle is planned to reduce environmental impact to the maximum extent.
All of Pennabilli’s manufacturing choices, including the rust print technique, aims at glorifying the vast cultural richness of the area that inspired it; Montefeltro, and in particular, the land of the Gioconda.
The rust print technique: a unique artisanal technique came to us after being passed down through generations. This is proven by the ancient mold: pear or walnut wooden die carved by hand and, once immersed in color, they are positioned on the fabric to be beaten with a heavy mallet. Emanuele Francioni’s historic print house Carpegna, in the town of Carpegna (PU) Italy, continued the conservation and development of this artistic patrimony. More than six generations of artisans have printed by hand on canvas by using wooden molds and the traditional rust color.
At the base of rust print – or traditional Romagnola  prints –  are vinegar, wheat flour and rusted iron tools. These are the ingredients of a 300 -year old recipe.
After days of sun drying, the typical red rust color is fixed with “Ranno”, an ancient washing process with boiling water and ash, to make it resistant to time and to any kind of washing. The originality of the painting is verifiable by observing the subtle shades and irregularities coming from such exceptional artisanal work. The colors used in the rust printing technique that are not the typical rust color are certified and water based.
Only water-based colors were used for our bags and not rust-based to allow for greater color resistance. The technique is the same as that of that of rust print.
Natural tanned leather padded by hand: natural tanning was used in the manufacture of the leather in the Pennabilli backpack. It is an old technique that goes back to the Stone Age. Nowadays, it is very popular in Tuscany and is implemented through the use of peculiar natural elements and tannins, which are extracted from plants and trees and give the leather unmistakable, recognizable, unique characteristics. In particular are the warm shades that, with time and use, appear on the surface. It is a style of work that requires time and mastery, but allows for the attainment of leather without using toxic substances that damage the environment or azoic dyes, nickel or pentachlorophenol and chromium VI and usually does not create problems to people allergic to heavy metals.
The hand coloring as a finishing technique with the use of sponges, gives our bags a look which never appears quite the same. This look is difficult to obtain with industrial and mechanized methods. Moreover, thanks to this process we are able to save the considerable quantities of water that are necessary for the classical dying of leather done in barrels.
The padding of colors by hand was chosen to give the leather from Pennabilli a shaded texture that never looks the same.  
The inserts in blue come from a high-quality natural dyeing process made entirely in Italy by our experienced artisans. The blue (Isatis tinctoria) is a two year plant from the family of Brassicaceae whose leaves are used to extract the indigotin, a blue coloring substance. The cultivation of this plant started at the beginning of the XIII century. The procedure to extract the color is long and complicated. The harvest was followed by the grinding of fresh leaves. The obtained paste was packed in the shape of balls and left to dry for 15 days, afterwards, they were made in pieces to grind and ferment for the same number of days. This process allowed for the creation of granular substances which were used for dyeing and painting.
Today, Vodivì ‘s expert dyers are rediscovering the use of the local plant through the cultivation in a controlled production chain. After the harvest and a careful selection made by hand, our artisans proceed with all the steps, the drying and grinding of the parts of the plants to be transferred to the dyeing plant for the extraction of the coloring substances. The intense dark brown was obtained from the Cotinus coggygria plant, widespread in the Apennine area of the Marche region. The principle and oldest use of this bush is in leather tanning due to a high concentration of tannins, mainly in its leaves. The plant is harvested, dried and finely ground to obtain powdered dye. Through minced and dried walnut husks the light ocher brown is obtained, used for other models in the “Lands of la Gioconda” collection with classical and versatile shades. This color, when fresh, contains a yellow pigment, (juglone) that oxidizes as soon as the husk is collected and that condenses with the tannins present in the plant. This provides it with its typical brown shades.

Storage Instructions
The material used for the realization of this bag is genuine 100% Tuscan hand-colored vegetable-tanned leather.
We chose not to include surface finishing chemicals or resins, and for this reason, it is more sensitive to rubbing, scratching and direct sunlight.
Variations in color over time represent an intrinsic property of our leather devoid of pre-whitening and vegetable tanned.
In order to get the most out of this bag, we recommend you handle it with care and attention.

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