This design was inspired by an antique waistcoat reputed to have belonged to Rudolf Nureyev the soviet ballerino.
The cantle is made from hand embroidered silver thread onto velvet. Each shape on the cantle is padded behind and then embroidered, giving it a raised three dimensional look.
The tassels are hand made silver passementerie and the body of the sporran is grey horse hair. This style of sporran is was very popular in the Victorian era and perhaps even earlier. It’s a very labour intensive way of making a sporran. Bunches of horse hair are hand knotted onto thread and then sewn to a base of goat hide. It’s often called pleating as layer upon layer of horse hair is lain on top of one another.
The quality of these sporrans are akin to luxury handbags, made from Italian shoulder hide leather, tanned using vegetable extract rather than chemicals. The red colour of the leather is inspired by antique military sporrans. The beauty of these sporrans is not just surface deep, the lining is green suede, contrasted with red credit card slots and a pocket for small change, exquisitely crafted. Each sporran comes with a grosgrain and leather belt, finished with hand made brass buckle and belt tip. Grosgrain is a material traditionally used on lapels of dinner jackets, it completes the sporran with a subtle understated quality .
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