The belt is made of finest cowhide and is fitted with brass ornaments.
APPENZELL – A REGION OF TRADITION
The saddler follows an old tradition of handcraft that still has its followers. In addition to ornamented trouser-braces, shoe buckles and caps for the Alpine dairymen he also produces handcrafted belts with nickel silver or brass fittings.
The Appenzeller belt is an example of old Swiss tradition. The belts have always been made of cowhide and are ornamented with handmade metal fittings, showing motives of processions to the alpine pastures such as herdsmen, suns, ornaments and cows. The more decorations a belt had, the richer the person wearing it.
A well trained eye recognizes the producer by the ornaments.
THE APPENZELLER BELT – PAST AND PRESENT
Today, there are only a few producers left in Appenzell. Daniel Fuchs is one of these, a saddler in the third generation. A lot has remained unchanged: the cutting of the leather and the assemby of the different elements. However, the ornaments are rarely handmade nowadays. The nickel silver and brass ornaments are pressed by a machine, but always following the personal design of the particular saddler. So in a way the ornaments are the producer’s signature and allow a trained eye to recognize a Fuchs, Dörig, Fässler or Thoma.
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