National Leathercraft Day

Leathercraft is the practice of taking leather and turning it into beautiful works of art or craft objects. It requires a fair degree of skill, as well as knowledge of dyeing, painting, carving, molding, shaping, stamping, and etching leather. It’s not something that a person can pick up in a day or two and expect to be proficient at.

That’s why National Leathercraft Day was created. This holiday is celebrated on August 15th and recognizes the skill and creativity of leatherworkers. It also encourages people to try their hand at learning leathercraft.

The History of National Leathercraft Day

This holiday was created in 2018 by Tandy Leather, a company founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, known for leathercrafting. They established this holiday to acknowledge leathercrafting and to encourage more people to practice this art form.

Some Interesting Facts About Leathercraft

We’ve uncovered some interesting facts about leathercraft that we think everyone would want to know. We’ve listed these facts below.

  • Leatherworking dates back over 5,000 years to ancient Egypt and Rome.
  • Leather was used to make vessels for holding water.
  • Today, the leather industry is a $100 billion industry.
  • White leather is more difficult to produce than black leather.
  • Full-grain leather is considered the highest grade of leather.
  • During the 17th century in Italy, it was fashionable to have leather wallpaper.

Observing National Leathercraft Day

This holiday can be observed in several ways. First, people can give a shout-out to all leatherworkers by using the hashtag #NationalLeathercraftDay on social media. Second, people can learn more about leathercrafting, and perhaps even take a leathercrafting class. Finally, people can support local artists by purchasing quality leathercraft items.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 15 Thursday
Next year (2025)
August 15 Friday
Last year (2023)
August 15 Tuesday
Hobby & Creativity