Around and in the region of Banni,
one of the traditional craft skills
was to fleece dead cattle, tan their
leather and make articles like shoes,
boxes, saddles, belts etc. These articles
were intricately decorated with embroidery
using flat strips of metal, similar
to Mukesh work in other parts of India.
Intricate designs were also cut in
the leather. Over the years these
decorative skills have become the
focal point as the artisan continue
to make colorful mirrors, mojaries,
belts, pouches etc. The traditional
method of fleecing dead cattle is
not done and ready leather is brought
from the market. The quality of leather
available in the market is of very
poor quality and the artisans do not
have access to high quality leather.
The products also are similar and
new designs and better products need
to be developed so that the market
for these crafts increases.