As an ancient practice, the tattoo has been found in every society so recorded since 3,000 B.C. when Ötzi (also called the Iceman, the mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps ) had already covered the body with fifty-seven tattoos. In the Africa and Asia, the social role of tattoo has deep religious and mystical impact. In the West, they have been seen as a mark of infamy, criminality and as a circus attraction, then as a mark of identity for urban tribes, a medium for political statements.
From a sacred ritual to an act of rebellion, from being a sign of belonging to expression of individuality, tattoo--the art of marking skin with ink has over 10,000 years history and continues to evolve to convey many different ideas and meanings. The practice of tattooing has evolved through cultural exchanges around the world, from those on the fringes of society to mainstream groups, from subculture trend to popular culture. Today, tattoos as a enduring form of body adornment let us to express beliefs, devotion, identity, enact rituals, and showcase beauty, imagination and creativity.
In 2015, the Quai Branly Museum (Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac) in Paris presented exhibition: Tattooists, Tattooed, curated by Anne & Julien, founders of the magazine HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture. It was on display in Paris from 2014 – 2015 and drew record crowds to the musée du quai Branly. It received rave reviews and was presented at some of the most prestigious North American museums including Chicago's Field Museum and Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. Mlavi's tattoo themed designs were honored to be chosen to be presented at Field Museum's gift shops.
Our Tattoo collection was inspired by these fascinating tattoos to create these vegan leather fashion accessories with bold patterns. This collection contains cross body bags, wristlet wallets, large zipper closure wallets, small pouches and luggage tags. You can find lovely tattoos like elephant, giraffe, lion, tiger, hippo, fox, horse, rhino, jaguar, leopard, cat, dog, bear, moose, deer and alpaca grace themed designs from this collection.
Made with Eco-friendly vegan materials, these fashion accessories are fun, unique, cheerful and affordable. They are available for wholesale to verified retailers (gift shops, clothing and fashion accessories boutiques, book stores, museum and botanical garden gift stores, speciality retailers) and corporate gift buyers. We deliver worldwide since 2001.
Mlavi's Tattoo collection has been presented at top trade fairs/shows around the world including Paris, London, New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Retailers and corporate buyers can order wholesale directly through phone, fax and this web site, trade shows/fairs, sale reps and showrooms. We ship worldwide with Canada Post, USPS, DHL, UPS and FedEx.
To order wholesale, please apply for a wholesale / trade account so that you can browse our wholesale catalogs online and place your order. We ship wholesale orders from Toronto Canada to worldwide retailers and corporate customers via reliable carriers including DHL, Canada Post and other industry leaders.
If you already have an wholesale account established with us, you can log in here and place your order.
To purchase Mlavi designs/products for personal use or as gifts for your friends and family but could not find a local retailer that carry our brand or extract designs you want, please visit Mlavi's official online boutique www.lavishy.ca.
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