RAW LEATHER AND SILVER CUFFLINKS FROM ARGENTINA
HAND BRAIDED IN BUENOS AIRES
True technical prowess form argentine handicraft, Kamyno's cufflinks from Argentina are made of raw braided leather and massive silver. These silver cufflinks are sobers and discreet by their size; nobles and precious by the materials they are made of.
These cufflinks are an original, elegant and casual touch for your outfit, calling for the savoir-faire of one of the greatest Argentina's craftman.
4 hours all ilncluded are required to make 1 par of these Kamyno cufflinks, and more than 30 years of experience to handle such a fine work, with no equivalence worldwide.
Infortunatly, we are only able to provide about a hundred pars a year...
Why Kamyno leather cufflinks are exeptionals ?
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...
This leather leaf is aproximately 1mm width. We use it to make our gaucho braided bracelets, leather cufflinks, collars and key rings in Argentina. This is what Kamyno calls a noble raw material...
All sthe strings used to make our braided gaucho bracelets, braided leather cufflinks, collars and key rings are cut one by one manually in Argentina. This is what Kamyno calls a savoir-faire.
All our leather strings used to make our braided gaucho bracelets, braided leather cufflinks, collars and key rings are finished this way. Patience and precision...
Buckle braiding step of Kamyno's gaucho bracelets in Argentina. All our gaucho bracelets have a traditional buckle/button opening mecanism, beautiful and very resistant.
The braiding step of Kamyn'os gaucho bracelets in Argenina.
The braiding step of Kamyn'os gaucho bracelets in Argentina.
For more elaborated pieces, this process enables to make the 100% leather junction between two braids, for Kamyno's collars for instance.
Kamyno's gaucho braided bracelets are tinted with natural pigments in Argentina.
When tinted, the button is braided, so that it can remain white.
Kamyno cufflinks are 100% hand made in Argentina, from raw leather and massive silver. Our leather strings are dyed with natural pigments.
The Kamyno cufflink structure is also 100% made of raw leather, on which will be braided leather strings and added silver termination.
To make Kamyno leather cufflinks, we need to use leather strings of no more than 1 milimeter width.
Leather strings for Kamyno cufflinks must have a thickness of less than half milimeter, in order to enable a very fine work.
Raw leather strings are braided on the leather structure, made of 3 assembled leather parts. Kamyno's craftman starts braiding one color first.
Making Kamyno's cufflinks is a huge challenge, based on experience and many secrets. Braiding's drawing is one of them...
Once the first string is braided, we can start with the second colored string. This is where the braiding secret starts to be very complex.
Little by little, Kamyno cufflinks takes his final appearance. Braiding must be very tighten, in order to give the finest result. Part of the challenge is not to brake the string.
Once braiding step is over, a final rounding step is required. Thanks to its 100% leather structure, Kamyno cufflinks can be easily reshaped.
Braiding step is over. We still have to cut the leather rod, before putting the silver termination.
Our craftman cuts the leather rod exeeding.
A very thin hole must be done in the leather structure in order to give the final touch to Kamyno's leather structure.
The silver termination is fixed on Kamyno's leather cufflinks.
Our leather cufflink is ready. You now have a casual, elegant and precious pair of leather and silver cufflinks, never seen in the world.