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Loura Ekaale making a cow hide leather cover for an abarait circular wrist knife
figureposted on 2023-11-30, 18:56 authored by Samuel DerbyshireSamuel Derbyshire
Having purchased metal in the form of an abarait circular wrist knife from Lodwar, Loura works on preparing a cover for its external and internal edges using a piece of cow hide. He buries the cow hide in the evening and, after uncovering it the next morning, cuts it into strips with help from his wife Nakiru. Having done this, he bends, squeezes and hammers the hide into shape, trimming it with his knife regularly. When ready, he grinds ochre on a course stone and applies it to the hide with animal oil to give it a red colour.