The Spain crafts have many branches and an important importance in the trade of that country. In this article we are going to talk about Spanish leather crafts.
The artistic creation has in the leather an allied material of the first magnitude. Tanned skins, in their multiple qualities and varieties, lend themselves both to modeling and relief work and to serve as a support and base for all kinds of decoration with colours, dyes and patinas.
In addition, their malleability allows them to be covered with any shape and volume of all kinds of objects, such as furniture, utensils, various decorative elements and clothing.
Leather is a material of tanned skins, in its multiple colors with different characteristics and uses, it lends itself to both modeling and relief works, instruments, decoration, clothing, footwear and many important and prestigious uses.
The skins used in handicrafts are usually badanas, sheep or sheep skins, or goat skins. These leathers are not very thick and are very malleable: suitable, therefore, for embossing and modeling work. They perfectly accept dyes, whatever their type.
The art of making leather to obtain manufactured products is called leather goods, a word that comes from the Moroccan, a type of shiny and thin leather.
What is handmade leather goods?
Artisanal leather goods is the art of designing, making and decorating articles made with leather, therefore, the artisan leather craftsman makes bags, belts, wallets, boots. from leather resources.
A bit of history to better understand the crafts of Spain.
Leather crafts have accompanied man since its very beginnings as a staple manufacture. With this material they made their first dresses, shoes, containers, blankets, houses and even small boats.
More than 3000 years ago, leather was a thriving market in Egypt, Greece and throughout Europe, leather as a raw material was usable in almost all sectors of daily life, from soldiers' breastplates and shields to carriages, furniture and an infinity of luxury items.
America arrives with the conquest of the Spanish, brought above all by missionaries, who settled in New Mexico and Texas, joining the already existing work of the natives of the area.
In colonial times, artisans developed a style that is still seen today, in quitrines, tack, bureaus, furniture, and saddles.
When you buy a handicraft from Spain, you get a piece of love from an artisan, who spent a lot of time making his product. Therefore, we invite you to learn a little more about the crafts of Spain in our catalog of hand-tanned leather.