Leather Crafts

 

 

Indians have known the art of tanning since the time of the Indus valley civilization. Popular leather items are footwear, bags, saddles etc. Kohlapur is known for its chappals. Rajasthan is the home of decorated leather products; Mojdis or thick shoes are made of locally cured leather, they are decorated with silk, metal embroidery and beads. Bikaner and Jaisalmer produce decorative saddles for horses and camels.

West Bengal is known for it's decorated leather bags. Ornamental work on leather can found in crafts of Punjab, Kashmir and Karnataka.

Items like lampshades, pouches, stuffed toys etc are also made of leather.

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