Basque leather shoes "abarkak"

Handmade leather shoes craftsman.

Basque shoes “abarkak” elaboration process. The enhancement of technology has led to the development of leather shoes “abarkak” creation compared to the techniques used in the past.

In the past, they used to make leather for the manufacture of apricots.
They bought fresh leather and covered it with white ash and covered with asparagus. After punching edges, the skin was soaked in lukewarm water to sew it. Then they sewn on with the stitches taken from the same skin.

Elaboration nowadays

Nowadays, however, the process is very different:

For larger broadsides, use cowhide previously treated with oils and tanned. For small broadshells, she uses sheepskin.

Once selected the best pieces of skin puts them in a suitable die (numbers from 16 to 48) and with the help of a press cut them to the necessary size.

On the resulting piece of skin holes and lowers the edge since then the thread has to pass through there. After lowering, make the holes of the tip, using the same system as the one used for hand ball sewing.

The Basque covers can be sole or without it. Thus, after sewing the tip and the sole, turn the skin over and sew the entire edge with nylon thread placing the loops in the corresponding place, one in front, one behind and 2 or 3 on the sides depending on the size . In the past they used their own skin as thread.

After sewing, pull the thread to shape the embrace and to finish, through the bows passes the black rope that is later tied to the calf.

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From Deba to the world

Although requests for these products, especially come from the Basque Country, Martin’s work have been ordered from places such as Paris, Boise, Idaho, and San Francisco, in the US.