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CHAPTER I . HARD MATERIALS

Leather Work

In Rajasthan ...

In Kutch, Gujarat...

THE RECYCLING ORIGINS

In Kutch (Gujarat, India) Leather Work was earlier on a partnership between the Maldharis (nomadic pastoralist) experts in tanning, and the Dalit Meghwals (leather, stitching and embroidery craftsmen) migrants from Rajasthan.

The tradition was a recycling process: when a Maldhari cattle would die, the Meghwals would convert the raw hides into leather, on an intensive labour of approximately 18 days, and then into a product of utility - giving life to waste.

The Leather Work was traditionally used to make harnesses for camels and horses, musical instruments, storage containers and footwear, once the local leather was very good, durable and even resistant to water.

In our days, Kutch Leather Work is a means of business and livelihood for many villages in the region.