Artists in ancient Mesoamerica used deer, jaguar, and
other animal skins to make percussion instruments, weapons,
and sandals. Later, Spanish immigrants introduced cattle,
sheep, and hogs to the New World, expanding the raw materials
leatherworkers could use. Today, artists use cow, goat, lamb,
deer, fox, ocelot, sable, and badger hides to make bags, wallets,
shoes, saddles, holsters, and other products.
The Kikapú Indians from northern Coahuila (related
ethnically and culturally to Native Americans from the Great
Lakes region, now living in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico) make
exquisite moccasins, chaps, and deerskin vests. Cueras
(jackets) from Tamaulipas also merit special mention. Part
of the regional dress of the area, the jackets are made out
of suede or timbre, soft leathers with no imperfections.
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