I made this backpack from water buffalo hide that I obtained in Lao P.D.R. I bought it from the only leather factory or tannery that they may have had at the time. Anyway, this leather is beautiful and strong and is 1.2mm thick leather. The straps are doubled up so they are very durable and strong. This leather is not a very soft leather, but it wears well with time. I hand stitched each seam with leather lacing. It will last more than a life time. There is a handle at the top which is very continent at times. The top draw string has a nice slide that holds it shut and is easy to open. You can also adjust the length of the straps in back. There is a 25mm brass button that I handmade also which holds the straps in place. To be honest, the little leather holding on those brass buttons carries all the weight and over time may be the only thing that can break. It’s an easy fix though so don’t worry about that till the time comes. I’d be happy to fix that any time. I’ve used one of these for a school bag and it still works great after years of wear and tear. The flap has a natural end that really gives the piece a unique look. All handmade to last.
Here are some measurements of the backpack:
about 12” from bottom to the top of the first stiching and 13.5” overall height of bag from top to bottom
The bottom is oval 10” by 6.5”
24” or 28” long strap or from the top of the strap to where the adjustable strap holes are.
There is no liner in this backpack. I can’t add one to this design. My future bags will have liners.
Let me know if you have any questions about it and I’d be happy to answer you.