Rita Merlini bags are made in Italy by skilled Tuscan craftsmen, who for many years have been handed down the precious techniques and tradition and cut irregular strips, one by one, then hand weave each piece. Unique pieces in limited edition is finished with the characteristic ceramic bead, handmade with raku technique. They purchase the leather only from tanneries members of the Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium where the Tuscan master tanners, who for centuries have been handed down the precious tradition, follow with care the slow process turning raw hides into leather. This is an extraordinary process, based on vegetable tannins extracted from tree bark such as mimosa, chestnut and quebracho, that give the leather warm colors, fragrance, softness and strength. The progressively-numbered label on each bag, issued by the Consortium, guarantees the quality, the naturalness and the Tuscan origin of the leather.