About Buffalo Hyde
SETTING THE SCENE...
Our bags are handmade within the town of Hoi An, on the Central Vietnamese coast. The craft workshop that produces the bags is family-owned with only 5 full-time employees. The majority of the their work income comes from making products for tourists. We are the only exporter of their goods. They purchase the hides from a local tannery that has had tanned leather in the area for as long as anyone can remember.
Buffalo hide is thick and distinctive with an attractive pebbly pattern. The tight grain repels dirt easily and the leather has a good resistance to damage. Buffalo hide is more distinctive than cowhide, giving an earthy and rustic look. The hides are not stretched, meaning texture and grain are preserved. As the leather is tanned ‘naked’ it provides a natural and soft feel to touch. Many of our bags carry scars or brands, they are part of the ‘story’ of the hide.
more than just a bag
Purchasing products made from buffalo hide encourages the raising and continued renaissance of this majestic animal. Buffalos roam virtually free-range over the Vietnamese lowland marshes that they have traditionally inhabited. Their numbers are highly influenced by whether or not it makes more sense to raise buffalo or cattle.