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Leatherwork

The Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja is a rural cooperative located in Rajasthan, India. The group represents the work of two crafts; leatherworkers and carpet weavers. We carry the work of both groups in our main Maiwa store on Granville Island. Meet the artisans.

For well over 300 years leatherwork has been the primary occupation of the Regar Samaj community of Rhajastan, India. This group is adept in the preparation and tanning of hides and few could match their skill in the making of saddles, harness or tackle. In the past they were sought after to furnish the leather armour for the cavalry. Historically, they have also produced containers for gathering and storing water, Juti (Rajasthani shoes), and the ornamented neck belts and face decoration of herd animals.