Last week I posted about the Mexican Tin Art called Hojalata. This week, I turn my attention to Mexican tooled leather. Other than finding that tooled leatherwork came from Spain with the conquistadores, and was supported because the Spaniards needed bridles, saddles and leather gear for their horses, I found relatively little about the history of Mexican tooled leather art. Most accounts of the history of tooled leather work in the US attribute the origin of most of the designs to the leather art of Mexico. The reliance on floral designs and the adoption of many Mayan and Aztec designs into the art tell their own story about the blending and ingenuity of the Mexican tradition.
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