Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dala Horse Handbag

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A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia). In the old days, the Dalecarlian horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as Sweden in general. Several different types of Dalecarlian horses are made, with distinguishing features common to the locality of the site where they are produced. One particular style has, however, become much more common and widespread than others. It is stoutly carved and painted bright red with details and a harness in white, green, yellow and blue. (Wikipedia)


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Some of you probably knew that already (especially Ikea fans), but if you didn't know, it will be easier for you to see what inspired me while making this bag. 
I think that folk art is amazing to refer to if you are looking for new ideas and techniques.

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I decided to cut out the horse shape in a black washpapa with a shiney finish and back it with an acrylic felt. The cutting was quite time-consuming as well as precise sewing. But I couldn't be more pleased with the effect to be honest.


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So far, I think that this version of washpapa is one of my favourite ones. Maybe because it is softer than others that I worked with so far. But also because it looks like patented leather. I wish one day it will be available in red!


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As you can guess, I used one of Ikea's printed cotton fabrics to line the bag. I like nice linings in garments and bags as I think they are like cherries on the cake. You know that the person who designed the item thought through the whole process. So much so that one time the more fancy lining determined my choice of a black winter jacket :) I just like when things are pretty even inside.


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OK, now you have a proof that I am a tree hugger. 


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Balloch Castle Country Park


Another thing I wanted to mention are the shoes that I think could be the only choice to wear with this bag. The iconic Vivienne Westwood design 'Rocking Horse' was finaly available in a vegan version from Melissa. Surprisingly, they are comfy and steady to walk in!


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And don't be fooled by this beautiful sunshine you can see on the photos. The day was beautiful but still chilly. And, as soon as we were done with shooting, dark clouds came over... In Scotland, you need to be like ninja to grab the opportunity of the nicer weather.


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bag, Dala horse, Dalahäst, felt, handbag, paper, Scandinavia, Scotland, shine, Sweden, vegan, washable paper, washpapa, rocking horse, Vivienne Westwood, Melissa, folklore, Balloch


Finally, I wanted share some good news with you. Soon, I am expecting a delivery of the Adler industrial machine that will be more suitable for sewing heavier, leather-like materials. It is very exciting for me because using professional equipment will allow me to achieve even better quality of my products and I am hoping to launch some designs in my Etsy shop and on my website www.tochastudio.com soon.


bag, Dala horse, Dalahäst, felt, handbag, paper, Scandinavia, Scotland, shine, Sweden, vegan, washable paper, washpapa, rocking horse, Vivienne Westwood, Melissa, folklore, Balloch

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