Carpegna

CMM01

It is a dynamic bag that, thanks to its braiding
retraces the unique Renaissance history of leather fringes
and floral themes.

Technical characteristics
Shopping bag for women in smooth, naturally preserved Tuscan leather, hand padded with Cotinus coggygria, a natural coloring.
Overlapping strips with frontal fringes.
Internal strip with clip closure.
Circular handles inserted in the stitching to be used when carried by hand.
Metal lateral rings to be used when carried as a shoulder bag.
Twin adjustable, detachable and movable shoulder straps.
Metal studs.
Removable lining with contrasting internal floral theme obtained through the rust printing technique done by hand.
Printed floral theme internal pouch with metallic zip for closing.
Rust print technique done by hand.
Edges painted by hand.
Heat stamped logo on the leather.

MADE IN UMBRIA – ITALY.

Color
Dark brown / baby blue

Composition
100% vegetable - tanned leather. Light gold metallic accessories.

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1 230,00 €

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Data sheet

Height 14 in
Width 14 in
Depth 3 in
Handle Lenght 4 in
Colore Dark brown / baby blue
Composizione 100% vegetable-tanned leather. Light gold metallic accessories.

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The uniqueness
Carpegna is a unique shopping bag; in addition to the fact of being made in Italy, it is the result of care and dedication applied to all its phases of production. The initial study of the design was based on accurate research that recaptured the ancient Italian artisanal handicraft tradition.
The selected materials are in line with the desire to create 100% natural collections.
The productive cycle is planned to reduce, to the maximum extent, its environmental impact. All of Carpegna’s manufacturing choices, including the rust print technique, are aimed at glorifying the vast cultural richness of the area that inspired it, Montefeltro and, in particular, the land of the Gioconda’s.
The rust print technique: a unique artisanal technique came to us after being passed down through generations. This is proven by the ancient molds: pear or walnut wooden die caved by hand and,once immersed in the color they are positioned on the fabric to be beaten with a heavy mallet. Emanuele Francioni’s historic print house Carpegna, of the town of Carpegna (PU) Italy, continues the conservation and development of this artistic patrimony. More than six generations have printed by hand on canvas by using wooden molds and the traditional rust color. 
At the base of rust print – or traditional Romagnola print –  are vinegar, wheat flour and rusted iron tools. These are the ingredients of a 300-year old recipe.
After days of a sun drying process, the typical red rust color is fixed with “Ranno”, a historic washing process using boiling water and ash, to make it resistant to time and to any type of washing.
The originality of the work is verifiable by observing the small shades and irregularities coming from the artisanal work. 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, due to color resistance. But the technique used is the same of that of rust printing.
Natural tanned leather padded by hand: natural tanning is used for the leather Carpegna was manufactured with. It is an old technique that goes back to the Stone Age. Today it is highly popular in Tuscany and is implemented through the utilization of peculiar natural elements, tannins, which are extracted from plants and trees and that give leather unmistakable, recognizable, unique characteristics. In particular, the warm shades which, with time and use, appear on the surface. It is a kind of work that requires time and mastery, but allows for the attainment of leather free from toxic substances, azoic dyes, nickel or pentachlorophenol and chromium VI, and usually does not create problems for people allergic to heavy metals.
The daubing of colors by hand as a finishing technique with the use if 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 can save relevant quantities of water that would be necessary for the classical dying of leather done in barrels. The daubing of colors by hand was chosen to grant the leather used to produce Carpegna a shaded texture that is never exactly 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 biennial 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 is followed by the grinding of the fresh leaves. The obtained mixture was packed in the shape of balls and left to dry for 15 days, after which they were made into pieces to macerate and ferment for the same number of days. This process allowed the creation of granular substances which is used for dyeing and painting.
Today, Vodivì’s expert dyers are rediscovering the use of this local plant through its cultivation in a controlled production chain. After the harvest and a careful selection done 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 Cotinus coggygria plants, widespread in the Apennine area of the Marche region.
The principle and oldest use of this bush is in leather tanning due to its high concentration of tannins, mainly in its leaves. The plant is harvested, dried and finely ground to obtain a dyeing powder. From minced and dried walnut husks, we obtained the light ocher brown, used for other models of the collection “Land of the Gioconda” with classical and versatile shades. This color, when fresh, contains a yellow pigment (juglone) that oxidize as soon as the husk is collected and that condenses with the tannins present in this plant. Hence the 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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