Leather Artisan Explains the Basics of a Romanian Leather Beaded Waistbelt
Romanian leather craftsman Iosif Glogovski is a skilled leather artisan from Cacica, Bucovina. He has been working since 1958. During communism, he produced and distributed his leather products all over the country, as a cooperative worker.
Since then, the request for horse harnesses decreased. He continued adapting his job to modern times and began leather crafting traditional beaded waist belts. His son also became a leather artisan.
In the rural community, these beaded waistbelts are still made by leather craftsmen and worn by men on social occasions, such as going to church, to proms, to weddings and everytime a traditional outfit is required.
The leather or fabric accessories are worn over the long traditional blouses. With their colorful beads in floral patterns, a beaded waistbelt is super eye catching and a perfect color addition to any outfit.
The making process takes some time and effort, for an exclusively handmade item, where a lot of beading is required, but the result is spectacular:
Each component of the belt is fully hand beaded on a piece of fabric. This will be the ornament of the belt. You want to consider the length of the belt between 27.3′ – 50.7′ and the desired width;
Trim each component on the edges and remove the excess material;
Spread glue on the entire back surface of each component and stick them on a cardboard. You want to let it dry. Next, you trim the components again and remove the excess cardboard;
You take a big piece of cowhide leather, glue the components on it and let it dry. Trim the components on the edges again, removing the excess leather;
Now that each component is glued on leather, you need to add the edge of the belt: a thin leather is glued and sewn on the edges of the belt.