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Having read cordovan posts with interest, I thought members would like to browse this taken from a first edition book of leather I have:-
The cleverest craftsmen in leather were the arab peoples, who, flooding out of arabia in the 7th century A.D., invaded the countries we call the middle east, north africa and even crossed over into europe, where for several centuries they ruled a large part of spain. Thus the Moores, who were a part of the great arab empire, were the first to tan goat skins to make a light but strong and beutiful leather known still as Morocco,after the country from which it originally came, and still used among other purposes for the binding of fine books.
It was Moorish craftesmen of "cordova", in spain,who caused the name "cordovan" to be given to the excellent leathers they made from goat and kid skins.Workers in this kind of leather where known as "cordovanners", which in france became "cordonniers", from which our english word "cordwainers" is derived. The term "cordovan" however, now means quite a different sort of leather.
The modern tanner makes cordovan from horse hides for which he uses a vegetable tannage,generally gambier.It is an unusual leather in that it is finished on the flesh instead of grain side, and is extremely tough and almost completeley waterproof. The feel of it is unmistakable when it has once been handled, and it is used in some of the most expensive kind of mens shoes.
 

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Thus the Moores, who were a part of the great arab empire, were the first to tan goat skins to make a light but strong and beutiful leather known still as Morocco,after the country from which it originally came, and still used among other purposes for the binding of fine books.
The correct answer is...the Moops.
 
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