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Moroccan leather

(also known as Levant, the French maroquin, or the German Saffian de Safi, a Moroccan city famous for leather) is a form of soft, supple leather that is widely used for gloves and the upper part of shoes women’s and men’s low-cut shoes. but traditionally associated with bindings, wallets, thin suitcase liners, and the like.

Originally, Moroccan leather was imported into Europe from Morocco, and since the late 16th century it was valued in luxury bindings in Western countries for its strength and because it sported gold. It was also used in the Islamic world from an earlier date.

However, Morocco was often not the original source of the leather. Some of the highest quality Moroccan leathers, usually goatskin, used in book binding were sourced from northern Nigeria. [1] Leather tends to be more famous than the breed of goat that originally produced it. The leather comes from the Sokoto Red breed, which is indigenous to Guinea and Sudan Savannah of Nigeria and the Maradi region of the Republic of Niger. [2. 3]

The best qualities of Moroccan leather are goat skins, but by the end of the 19th century other skins, especially sheepskin and split calfskin, were often replaced in practice. For example, French Morocco is a variety made from sheepskin. [4] The tanning process varied widely, but the traditional tanning material was sumac. The traditional tanning process was skillful and elaborate; Depending on the application, the preparation would aim for a carefully smoothed finish or highlight the grain in various patterns, such as straight, grainy or, in particular, bird’s eye grain. Moroccan leather is practically always dyed, traditionally more often red or black, but green, brown or other colors were also available, and in modern times there are no special color restrictions.

A craft, sometimes more precisely expressed as artisan or handmade craft, is any of a wide variety of types of work where useful and decorative objects are made entirely by one’s hand or using only simple, unrelated tools. technology, such as scissors, carving implements. or hooks

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