Bangladesh rears some of the best quality of goats and cows in the world and leather is one of its major export items. The leather artisans of Bangladesh produce a wide variety of products and their craft has a wide market and excellent reputation throughout the world.
Documents and old manuscripts show that from the sixteenth century to the eighteenth century crafted leather was widely used for making the howdah (the seat fixed on an elephant), saddles, shields of warriors and beautifully designed scabbards. Horses and elephants were the main steeds for wars and battles and designed and crafted seats were used according to their rank and status. The makers of these leather products were Muslims known as Kufatkar.
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