crafted by hand with cedar from the Paraguayan jungle
wrapped in soft leather with a hand stitch finish
one of a kind smell
versatile - can be used as a valet tray / catch all, charging station, stationary pad holder, or just decoration
perfect gift for her!
9.5" (L) x 8" (H) x 2" (W)
*(the name of the tray was inspired by the guaraní phrasebolsillo nandí , which means empty pockets)
bolsillo nandílikes playing a lot of positions. she can be utilized as decorative tray, catchall valet tray (for keys, wallet, etc), stationary holder (see photos), and charging station (fits largest iPhones and androids). while bati trays are used as decorative pieces for homes, they secretly hate gathering dust! the beauty of bolsillo nandíis most on display when it's being used. it's the perfect catch all / phone charging station.
the smooth cedar foundation of the tray is sourced from the depths of the vastly untouched jungle town of rosado, tobati, paraguay. cedar is the most sought-after wood resource in the country, and with reason. it's strong, yet malleable. its smell is untapped nature. if you close your eyes while inhaling, it takes you to the jungle. each side of the tray is symmetrical and smooth to the touch. such is required when applying leather to an item; it's important that the surface is completely flat to ensure that there are no gaps or bubble after the leather's applied. after teo (artisan) is done with the trays, he wraps and places them in a bag that he secures on his back before he jets off on his moto to his buddy's house. His buddy, juan carlos, is bati's lead leather artisan. jc invites teo to stay a while and drink terere. after, juan carlos and his team wrap the boxes with bati leather and finish it off with a classic hand stitch. the result? a one of a kind beauty with built-to-age leather and an unforgettable smell that greets you every time.
we loved making excuses to go to our buddy's place (teo) to watch him at his craft. taylor taught his daughter and a few of his nieces and nephews at the macchi school. he often bragged about teo's woodworking. 'dude, one second it's a trunk and the next it's a box!' our favorite memories are drinking terere with teo and his family, and one particularly large dinner with 15 of his closest family members in march '17 when we decided to do business together. when we asked him where he got his wood from, he replied in spanish with a question: 'do you have 15 minutes?' we nodded, then he led us out of his house and down the road to a path that wound deeper into the jungle. before we knew it, we were bear hugging a bunch of cedars, knocking on the stump and listening on the other side to test its age and vitality. so teo's got a sweet backyard. he trusts the wood he finds there. he uses worn metal chisels and a wooden hammer to sculpt his wood. now that's what we callkickin itold school, amigo. (shaking his hand is always a task, you gotta come in there prepared).