Firenze: The Leather Capital

Firenze (Florence), the cradle of Italian Renaissance, is dazzling in all its UNESCO heritage glory. From its wellpreserved architecture, to its proliferation of arts and culture, it is little wonder that people are inevitably drawn to the historic centre of Florence, often considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The real beauty of Florence, however, lies in its centuries-long tradition of leather craftsmanship, kept alive and well by a dwindling group of artisans who persist in lovingly hand-crafting their leather produce. The time honored method of crafting leather involves just two people – the Tagliatore (Cutter) prepares the leather based on paper patterns developed, after which, the craftsman takes over the making of the item from start to end.

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