Raw leather work is the argentinian gaucho savoir-faire by exellence. Our necklaces are unique pieces, all awarded in the most important handicraft tradefares in Argentina. Leather braids are made of 8 to 24 strings, the traditional opening system (buckle and button), with absolutly no metalic or synthetic parts.
By the way, what is raw leather ?
Raw leather work is by exellence the argentinian handicraft savoir-faire. Firstly, because of material, a raw leather, vegetaly taned, of beige color, almost white, the original leather color. Our braids are fixed around a leather thong to give the necklace the required rigidity, and on each necklace's tip, one loop and on 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.