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The first mentions of working with leather in the manner we are accustomed to are indicated on wall drawings in Egyptian tombs (V century BC), the concept itself came much later. At first, leather goods were simple and practical (clothes, shoes, accessories), but already in 1350 BC craftsmen used elements of decoration - applique, engraving and gold embroidery.
In the middle of the 10th century bookbinding began to develop. Leather covers for books and documents were decorated with ornaments, embroidery and stamping. Masters of that time used blinth stamping. Flat colorless embossing of inscriptions or ornaments on book bindings, made by a hot press.
These finishes were most popular until the 16th century. The Renaissance is characterized by unique embossing of leather goods (caskets, women's and men's change purses, clothing), masters depicting relief paintings with mythological characters.
The profession of tannery reached its peak in the 19th century, combining all the achievements of past centuries: embossing, silver embroidery, engraving, pearl embroidery. In different countries were opened art centers, which taught apprentice tanners subtleties of the craft.
People's desire to stand out not only in appearance but also in clothes opened a new way for the development of leatherwork. The demand for handmade leather products grows from year to year, and modern tanners do not cease to amaze us with their unique works.
Most people wonder why handmade goods cost so much. But there is absolutely nothing to be surprised about, because handmade products should be expensive.
Each product is made individually, on each of them worked hard master. Everything should be taken into account: his personal time which is spent as directly on making the product (for example, some pictures embroidered cross paintings master works for half a year), and that would find, buy the necessary materials, and then even pick up the only option of their best combination.
In assessing the handicraftsman should take into account that the master at once: Supply Chain, Psychologist, Designer, Worker, Controller, Technologist and Manufacturer. You can say this about the master - he is a factory, an enterprise, all in one person, so why should he sell his products cheaply.
Individuality of work. Any craftsman knows that it is impossible to repeat even his own work with 100% accuracy.
The embodiment of the idea. If the work is made to order, it is always more expensive than the finished work of the same master.
Packaging. A self-respecting craftsman puzzles over how and in what to present his product. Well, you should agree, dear customer, it is much more pleasant to get your purchase beautifully packed, than simply placed in a cellophane bag.
Who thinks that it is so easy, think a little bit about the fact that craftsmen reach perfection in their work not in one day and not one hour.