Promise Bags takes pride in using East India leather (E.I.), first discovered and popularized by the British East India Company in the early 1800s to cater to the British Army.
The leather made in South India using the traditional method of vegetable tanning was celebrated as one of the highest quality leathers around the world, for over two centuries. The E.I. leather production declined when chemically tanned leathers replaced it for their cost-effectiveness and ease of tanning.
E. I. Leather received Intellectual Property Rights Protection or Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2008, thereby giving it international recognition.
Vegetable tanned leather refers to the tannage or method of tanning the cowhide into leather. It's called “vegetable” because of the natural materials used in the tanning process like tree bark, branches and leaves. The actual tanning process takes between one and three months. Since vegetable tanning is a natural process, it's also eco-friendly.
Vegetable tanned leather goods are truly unique and have a bold characteristic, especially when they aged naturally by frequent usage. They have a distinctive scent, true charism, and will bring pride to the owner/user.
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