70 years ago COMTESSE invented woven horsehair as a subtle and precious material in the creation of ladies handbags. Woven on age-old looms, this fabric represents centuries of technical knowledge, employing it to realize ideas of fashion and luxury for today's discerning client.
There is more to it than meets the eye: the raw fabric just off the loom contains a lot of irregularities. Only the experienced eye and trained hand can detect and remove them.
As with most reptile skins COMTESSE uses the belly part for its supreme pattern structure. In order to preserve the beautiful gloss and pattern of the scales, COMTESSE artisans iron the skin.
Lizard skins are both very thin and of sturdy surface yet soft and grainy to the touch.
Leather of the farmed ostrich bird shows a plethora of remarkable qualities: polished under
Still the king of exotic skins, this material is a challenge to any artisan: only rarely do two skins match perfectly in shade and scale structure. The dressed skin only gains brilliance by being polished under a smooth agate stone. This technique alone requires decades of learning and experience.