An alebrije is a combination of various animals that make up a whimsical being. Its origin dates back to Mexico City in 1936, when Pedro Linares, a master artisan in papier mâché (cartonería), fell unconscious from a sickness and went into a deep sleep. Within it, he saw creatures that resembled wondrous animals with vivid coloring that chanted the word “Alebrije.” When Pedro woke up, he had regained his health and, recalling his dream, started crafting figuresrepresenting the alebrijes. During his lifetime, Pedro showed his work to many people, eventually being invited to exhibit his art pieces in the United States and Europe. They reached such popularity that other artisans started crafting their own versions, and that is how the art reached Oaxaca.
Mr. Pedro Linares preserved the tradition he had inherited from his grandparents and contributed an invaluable creation to Mexican culture.
Tote bag with alebrije-inspired engraving. Interior in magenta-colored suede, handle and details in cowhide leather. A design that will fill your days with life and color.
Measurements: 11.5" W x 12" H x 5.5" D
Materials: The leather used in this collection are treated with 100% vegetable materials. This means that different natural products are used in its tanning process instead of using chemicals that are harmful to the environment. These natural products are usually branches of trees and plants, such as chestnut and tara, sticks, roots and nuts, which are powdered and used to tan leather. The anilines used to color your bag, like the waxes that create the two-tone effect, are of plant origin. For this reason, any irregularity that is noticed in the skin is the effect of the natural process. As a suggestion, do not expose your bag to the sun for a long time as some oxidation could be noticed in the color, as happens with fruit.
Care: Carlota pieces are made with high-quality materials, and therefore should be treated with care, and protected against the elements. Due to the delicate nature of the materials, daily use can cause scratches and scuff marks on the surface, so we recommend you treat it with care. The leather is submitted to an important natural dye process, and the suede lining is pigmented with natural anilines, so we recommend that you be careful with any light-colored items that may come into contact with it.
If soiled, carefully clean the surface area using water and soft detergents. To keep your leather products in optimum condition, clean with a soft dry cloth, or, if necessary have them professionally cleaned.