|An 18th Century Tsuba designed into a buckle, decorated with Sterling Silver, and transformed into a belt by a Galuchat Leather strap.
The Tsuba is made from iron, embellished with gold, silver and copper damascene work. Tsuba is usually a round or occasionally square guard at the end of the grip of bladed Japanese weapons. They are usually exquisitely decorated and have become collectors' items. Tsuba were made by dynasties of craftsmen whose only craft was making Tsuba. In addition to being collectors’ items, they were often used as heirlooms, passed from one generation to the next.
As a strap, Galuchat (leather) was the name of a royal suitcase maker in Medieval Europe, and due to his extensive work with stingray, the stingray leather is also named after him. It is renowned for its toughness and was also used by the Japanese as armor.
The belt can be worn with traditional Asian attire as well as for a formal gathering with suits. After sourcing the Tsuba, this piece took over 6 weeks to produce with as many as 8 craftsmen involved during the design and finishing.
Approximate Size : W4 x L132 cm.
Approximate weight : 500 g.