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IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE CABAT
The very first bag designed by Tomas Maier when he arrived in 2001, the Cabat embodies the understated luxury that defines Bottega Veneta. Sophisticated, timeless, and functional, it’s also a work of dazzling craftsmanship, woven by hand from strips of double-faced leather. The Cabat takes two artisans two days to complete and they leave it unlined–because the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
Approximately 100 “fettucce” (of 1.60 meters long), equivalent to 12 skins are used to make the large-sized Cabat. This laborious task requires 2 skilled craftsmen and 2 working days to produce one Cabat. This particular workmanship can only be performed while standing up, as it requires a significant amount of physical strength, especially on the arms, to perfectly weave all the “fettucce” in place following a diagonal pattern.