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.
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