Kamyno horn key rings are a small accesorry, elegant, sober and extremely resistant that won't quit you. A flagship Kamyno product, specialy thougt for little gifts, beautiful but cheap, that will also be a pleasure to receive.
We also propose an alpaca polo mallet design, and a traditional sewed raw leather specimen.
By the way, how do we work horn ?
Horn works are historically quite developed in Argentina. Kamyno gives today a place of honour to horn table arts, decoration objects and small accesories.
The most beautiful grains and colours are made of the oldest animal horns, bullocks that are still used to work to the countryside, in the most remoted states of Argentina. Local species diversity enables to obtain a wide colour range, very specific to Argentina.
It goes from white to black, beige and ochre, light yellow, oranged brown, green tips, and including "turtle scale" and all their transparent and marbled declinaisons.
Manufacturing steps for the smallest spoon are various, all achived by one unique craftman. First, cut the entire horn in the length way, soften it in a boiling fat recipient, flatten it by pressing it into a vice, leave it cool down, cut every horn slab with dedicated pattern, soften it again in boiling fat, press the spoon head into a curved vice that will give the appropriate shape, cool it down, polish it 4 times with different paper grains, then polish it up with a soft brush and special soap.
With our current collection, we wish to contribute to give back to horn works the place of honour they deserve, for being a bit mistreated recently, with their vulgarization.
100% Argentina's raw material rarity, its exeptional quality and modern design, make of each piece a unique object, carrying signs of animal life and its biotope.
By the way, what is alpaca ?
Argentan is a characteristic metal from Argentina. It is also currently called "german silver", "nickel silver", "alpaca" or "maillechort".
We typically find it on cutlery, table arts, jewellery, decoration accesories, saddlery, etc.
It progresively became the reference metal in Argentina, offering an interesting alternative to silver.
If both metals have common aspect, argentan is more afordable than silver. Firstly, because of its composition, mainly copper, zinc and nickel. But also because it is more malleable, so it can be cold processed. It enables to propose today major pieces, with close aspect to silver, but with more attractive tarifs.
According to dosage, it offers interesting yellow reflection, very appreciated from argentinian.
Most argentinian families have at home at least two or three argentan pieces, dishes or trays, table centers, champagne buckets, coin trays, photo frames, cutlery or jewellery.
Most often, argentan objects are mixed with horn, making of each object an unusual piece, known to be coming from elsewhere, modern and chic, that can be used both on countryside houses and in city appartment.
By the way, what is raw leather ?
Raw leather work is by exellence the argentinian gaucho savoir-faire.
Firstly, because of material, a raw leather, vegetaly taned, of beige color, almost white, the original leather color.
Our plaits are fixed around a leather thong to give the bracelet the required rigidity, and on each bracelet's tip, one loop and one button, as opening mecanism, both made of braided leather.
Because of the huge surface of Argentina "estancias" (farming properties) in the XIXth century, and their long distance from towns, traditional "gauchos" (argentinian cow boys) had almost no access to tanneries. For the good working of estancias, it was required a huge variety of saddleries, with autonomy and robustness as top priorities.
Progressively, at the occasion of the various local anual festivities, the richest farmers started to work on the leather esthetics, for horse and riders ornaments.
Top level argentinian craftmans that work today raw leather are considered true jewellers, uncontested masters of leather braids and saddlery.
To valorisate this art, you must understand the particularly high number of hours required to make each piece. You must firt obtain a very thin leather leaf, sometime of half milimeter, cut one by one each leather string, tint them with natural pigments, proceed to a very thin braiding work, and include when required various ornaments shapes, and all this only hand made.
Double the number of strings per braid, and you multiply by four the production time... and so on and so forth.
Our small accesories are made specialy for Kamyno, by craftsmen considered today as Argentina's bests.
They will confer to their owner this little refined touch than others have not...