Kutchi Leather Aaeena - mirror

Kutchi Leather Aaeena - mirror


Leather Aaeena (mirror) crafted by leather and embroidery artisans from Kutch region in Gujarat, India. Traditionally a collaborative outcome of the Maldhari nomads’ tanning expertise and the Meghwal community’s stitching and embroidering skills.

Geometric patterns punched out give the surface a playful, vibrant character, generally not associated with the ruggedness of thick leather.


Ethnic styles express lifestyle. They are practiced by individuals whose heritage is rooted in community rather than land, and considered cultural property.

  • CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Leather Work - in Kutch, Gujarat


    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.


    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.