BRAIDED BAG: THE SECRETS OF AN ESSENTIAL
" "It is because they have this slightly irregular, deconstructed and richly nuanced aesthetic effect that we like to associate woven bags with our collections," explains Valérie, responsible for accessories. "Perfectly in harmony with the Cotélac style, our woven leather bags are the result of a long artisanal know-how. Centuries-old techniques, passed down from generation to generation, which can be found in specialized workshops in India with which we have been working for more than a decade."

The braiding of the leather is done in "carpets" or starts on a mold, and is then polished by hand using rosewood to highlight the deep nature of the leather. Artisans dedicate hundreds of hours to it, strip after strip, to give life to pieces that harmoniously blend modernity and timelessness.

The coloring of certain bags is obtained through a piece dyeing process, that is to say, once the bag is made. This technique guarantees original shades and particular reflections that will give depth, especially on woven pieces. If this process deliberately presents stains and irregularities, they should not be considered as defects, but as typical results of this method, which makes each item unique and exclusive.
"The majority of cowhide used is vegetable-tanned leather. This is a completely natural manufacturing process that uses tannins found in wood and plants, giving the leather an authentic character, intense tones, and numerous nuances. Over time, your bag will age but will not deteriorate. The transformations that occur over time will precisely demonstrate the natural character of the bag. Therefore, you can keep it for many years and pass it on. Regarding the question of whether or not to use "leather" from an animal, for Valérie, things are clear: "the use of leather is ecological by nature, as it reuses what is considered a waste by the food industry. A residue whose elimination would be complicated and polluting. By reinventing it, we transform it into a valuable object that can be preserved over time"."

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FAQ

Due to its texture, braided leather tends to collect a little more dust than smooth leather, which over time can make it look a little dull.

How to preserve it?

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It is necessary to regularly dust it off. To do this, simply brush it gently with a soft brush, always on dry leather. It is also possible to clean it with a soft, damp cloth to bring out its color and shine. You can also occasionally apply a care product to nourish and protect it.

How to preserve it?

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For proper preservation, it is recommended to keep the bag in its protective pocket, in a dry place, away from sunlight. Sun rays can indeed alter the color of the leather. If you have not used it for a long period of time, quickly wipe it with a dry cotton or wool cloth to restore its beauty and shine.

What should be avoided?

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Be careful not to leave your bag in contact with moisture for too long and especially, do not use detergent to clean it.