Mmmm! Don’t ya just love the smell of leather? Good quality leather!
Don Pedro de Mendoza established a small settlement on a site in the country of Argentina that would later become Buenos Aires. Trapped between vast empty plains and the Atlantic ocean, the colony was soon abandoned, as were the cattle that the settlers had brought with them.
Forty-four years later again, in 1580, Juan de Garay re-established the settlement, and soon the new settlers discovered that the abandoned cattle, nourished by the abundant grass of the plains, had multiplied to such an extent that in around the year 1600 eyewitnesses enthusiastically described there being ‘millions of heads of cattle’ roaming the plains, or pampas. Ships rarely put into port, as in early colonial South America all goods were compelled to pass through Lima, Peru and as the residents became desperate to raise funds to increase their standard of living, they began to sell contraband, and expeditions soon set off to hunt the now wild herds for their hides… The Argentina leather industry was born.
We have been told by many people Argentina is THE place to buy leather goods. I have already picked up two pairs of Brazil leather boots and love them and so on this trip to Argentina, I wanted to make sure I picked up a really nice souvenir…another leather purchase! After all, if Argentina is the place to buy leather…
There are many many places in Buenos Aries that sell good quality leather products. Some are little shops and others are elaborate boutiques. You can choose from an already made selection or have something custom made within 24 hours. It was so much fun browsing the different places, trying on the leather…just a lot of fun!
And…I have my souvenir or should I say souvenirs, and so does David!
Did you know that Argentina uses Capybara for many of its leather products? Remember the large rodent that I saw down by the river here in Resende? Well in Argentina they use it to make boots, shoes, handbags, wallets, jackets, etc… It is beautiful to look at. But somehow I couldn’t see myself wearing a piece made from Capybara!