Leather

Leather
Man has been using leather from the pre-civilisation era. When the human race were only hunters and gatherers. They killed animals for food and used the skin for clothes. The animal hide cannot be used in raw form as it stinks and gets infected by various types of micro-organism. To prevent the same, it is processed by tanning. Depending on the method used the leather may be of various types. The hides for the leather is obtained from different animals, the most common being cow, buffalo, sheep and goat. Other hides used are obtained from skins of deer, camel, snake etc. In handicraft industry the leather is converted into various utility and decorative items. Apart from various types of footwear, portfolios and briefcases, shopping and traveling bags, purses and wallets, pouches, belts and jackets are made. Various types of gift items and stuffed animals are also very common.

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The artisans of Gujarat are involved in making several utilitarian and decorative items out of leather, of which, footwear is the main attraction. The locally available hide is treated with water,...
There are several communities involved in making products from leather, with each dealing with a separate process. The people who flay the animals are distinct from the tanners who use a process...
Plain and embroidered items in leather --- like shoes, gloves, coats and suitcases --- are made in Kashmir. Zari work with gold and silver threads adds to the beauty of embroidered products. Jammu is...
The leather chappals ? sandals are famous of Athani Taluka of Belgaum District. This place is known for the leather chappals which are similar to the Kohlapuri pattern of Maharashtra. These are very...
Patiala is well-known place for the Tilla(glittring golden and silver threads) jutis(flat foot wear), decorated with tilla zari traditional and phulkari embroidery, The leather is embroidered,...
Tilla juttis of Haryana are sewn out of locally cured leather and then ornamented with silk, metal embroidery, beads, and designs done in appliqu?, with thin leather pieces of different colours. The...
Kohlapuri chappals are handcrafted leather sandals that get their name from the place of their origin, the district of Kohlapur in the state of Maharashtra. The exact date of its origin, is unknown,...
Hand-tool etching on leather is done in Auroville in Pondicherry. The terracotta coloured leather allows the artist to etch and braid by hand, and then colour the item in two main colours, tan and...
The artisans of Bhuj create the most strikingly vibrant leather panels using multicoloured threads, mirrors and cotton cloth. The raw material is procured locally with leather from Ahmedabad and...
Split ply camel girths of Rajasthan are generally made manually by hand without involving any sort of loom. Goat hair or cotton cord is woven into yarn on the spindle which is then doubled to make it...
Footwear known as juttis are very famous of Haryana. They are leather based and have intricate designs. They are designed with silver, copper, silk threads. Today they have more delicate work of...
Leather craft is introduced by the state government to promote new business opportunities to the local artists. Latest technical skills are extended to these artists by the experts through various...
Mojris (or jootis or pagarkhiyas) is foot wear made in Rajasthan from locally cured leather. They are very well-known for the quality of workmanship and the variety and richness of design. They are...
Mainly famous all over the world are the foot wares made out of leather. The sleek slippers of Kohlapur are the best products. It is famous at the national as well as the international level. These...
Leather animals of Madhya Pradesh are famous and beautifully crafted. The artist first prepares the frame work with the use of iron wire and shapes it up in the required size. Then dry grass is...