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© Francisco Dorantes Caro
© Francisco Dorantes Caro
© Francisco Dorantes Caro
© Francisco Dorantes Caro

Francisco Dorantes

Francisco Dorantes Saddle maker
Monday to Saturday 08:00 - 14:00 / 16:00 - 18:00
+34 955972956
© Francisco Dorantes Caro

A lifetime passion for leather

  • • The rich saddlery tradition of Andalucia is central to Francisco's work
  • • His workshop has restored harnesses all over Europe
  • • He considers leather to be in our collective genes

Francisco Dorantes has loved the equestrian world since he was a child, even though there was no tradition of it in his family. At the same time, he was fond of everything he could make with his hands, so at the age of 18 he created his own workshop. He trained with various local leather artisans in Lebrija, his native city, and in Seville, learning leatherwork, shoemaking, saddlery and harness making – what in Spain is called 'enganche'. During that time he fell in love with the rich saddlery tradition in this region of Andalucia. Today, 15 people work in his workshop. His work also includes restoration and historical research for private collections, with clients coming from Germany, the UK, France and Spain.

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  • © Francisco Dorantes Caro
  • © Francisco Dorantes Caro
  • © Francisco Dorantes Caro
Photo: © Francisco Dorantes Caro
Guarnición de limonera (horse harness)

This English-style collar harness has been hand shaped from Irish sheep leather in various hues, and finished with brass hardware.

Length 190 cm
Height 110 cm

Photo: © Francisco Dorantes Caro
Collerón de limonera (horse collar)

This English-style horse collar with steel and brass hardware has been created from sheep leather in several different hues. It is engraved with its owner’s initials.

Length 40 cm
Height 70 cm

Photo: © Francisco Dorantes Caro
Restauración de quitipón de la firma Hermès (restoration of blinkers for Hermès)

Francisco worked on the restoration of these historical blinkers for Hermès. Blinkers, or blinders, prevent the horse from seeing to the rear and even sometimes to the side. Francisco restored multiple elements of the bridle including the face piece, blinkers headpiece and noseband.

Length 25 cm
Height 70 cm

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