come to him from afar, since his trade has almost disappeared.
Clients bring their horses with them in order to be sized
up, but an experienced craftsman can tell the size just
by looking at the horse.
According to the artisan, there are only three kinds of
horses, depending on the size of the harness: "murani"
horses, "lipitan" horses and normal ones. The
harnesses join the horse to the cart.
There are several kinds of harnesses. Ordinary harnesses
are used to join the horse to light weight carts and are
formed by an ingenious weaving of several leather bands.
Another type of harness ("comot") is used for
heavy-weight carts and hauling carts.
It has a wooden base on which a leather cushion filled with
pig's hair is applied. A system of bands called "untarimuri"
is connected to the "comot" and they surround
the horse's belly. The bridle is
placed on the horse's head.
It takes about two weeks to make a complete harness.