East-West Tote | Large
Hand Dyed Denim
The Hand-Dyed Denim Large East West Tote is made with reverse-printed Indigo Cross/Natural Indigo Dye, so that the inside of the bag is printed while the outside is solid blue. The canvas is first block printed with the Cross pattern using mud paste that acts as a resist, so that the Crosses stay white during dyeing. To reach the perfect shade of dark blue, the canvas is then hand-dipped into the natural indigo vat (bath) up to 20 times. A lot of labor yields a natural denim blue that fades as you wear it, revealing the texture of the fabric like a great pair of jeans.*
*Please note that due to the nature of the material, there will be some places on the outside of the bag that have small white spots. This is where the mud-past resist was on the fabric and is a natural characteristic of a handmade textile. See CARE + WEAR instructions for more details on natural indigo.
The Large East West Tote is perfectly oversized to use at the market or beach. Detachable leather handles mean they're washable too. See CARE + WEAR instructions for more details.
Naturally Dyed 18oz. Indigo Cross/Denim Cotton Canvas
Blush Leather Handles (Detachable)
Indigo-Dyed Cotton Webbing Handles
Copper Collar Buttons and Rivets
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Size + Details
16”H x 6”D x 24”W
Leather Handle Drop: 4"
Webbing Handle Drop: 10.5"
Note re: detachable handles. The leather is meant to fit tightly around the collar buttons. When detaching or re-attaching, we recommend placing the bag on a flat surface. Additionally, you can poke a pencil, etc. through the key holes to loosen the leather before you fit the hole over the collar button.
Care + Wear
Natural indigo-dyed fabric naturally releases dye for the first few washings. The fade brings out the grain of the fabric, creating a traditional "denim" look.
The dye will stabilize, but until then, remove leather handles and wash separately in cold water. Hang dry in the shade, as sunlight will fade the dye. Store item in a dark place.
Before the first washings, indigo will rub off onto light-colored fabrics. Take note when choosing what to wear with this item.
We can emboss your initials on East West Tote leather handles, or onto a leather tag to be placed on your bag. To add a Monogram, first select "Add to Cart" above to purchase your product and then navigate to one of the below links to add the monogram:
Direct Monograms are embossed at the center of your back leather handle.
Monogram Tags are hand-riveted and attach to your bag by ball-chain. Tags can also be purchased separately.