Time to continue with the series of the American Leathercraft styles. After the previous post about the DIY baseball and the native American moccasins, I did some research into the western American leathercraft! But just as you know by now, I love to combine a little history with some inspiration. Therefore let’s see what you can do yourself with fringes from the western American leathercraft:
Western leather craft attributes
When you think about the western American leathercraft, I think of amazing cowboy boots, conchos, and ofcourse fringes! The cowboys from the wild west are well known for there usage of leather in their clothes, shoes, hats, and jackets. But also the horses have leather saddles and straps. I am not familiar with saddlery but I learned there are a lot of different types of saddles and there is a big difference between the English and American saddles, due to the difference in usage. The Englishmen and women did use their saddles more often for jumping, hunting and for example polo while the American cowboys used their horses and saddles for herding of the cows, and performing western shows. Besides the difference in saddles also the clothes of the cowboys and girls are quite particular.
Apparently, the cowboy styles date back far back into history but it has quite some international influence. The Mexican and the Spanish influences can still be seen in the decorative but also practical use of the concho, a metal disk which serves as sort of buckle for the string of the saddle but also of the hat for example. The leather pants, called Chaps and Chinks, were introduced by the Spanish and originally used to protect the cowboy from the cactuses or bushes, but are nowadays also decorative.
Fringes, Fringes and … Fringes!
Something quite popular, not only with the Cowboys but also in fashion are the fringes. Every once in a while they make their return into clothes, bags or accessories. And I love them too! I’ve made quite some fringe tassels (DIY is in this post!) but love to see different implementations of the fringes in leathercraft. Therefore did I do some Pinterest-ing, to collect all different kinds of DIY fringe projects. I would love to hear which one is your favorite and if you would like to see a certain tutorial!
What do you think of the different American leathercraft styles? And which one is your favorite? I am not sure yet… they are just so different with each their own valuable history!