handmade in the studio.
Using traditional leather working tools and techniques
every item is handmade from high quality vegetable tanned harness leather.
the elegance of harness leather.
Harness leather is truly a sensational leather - robust and elegant at the same time.
When used your product will show the scuffs and memories of your everyday life.
Visit the shop & studio.
You're always welcome to visit the shop -
it's located at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen.
The name Silleknotte derives from a south-Danish dialect – from my grandmother Marie Petrine. She loved to watch the horse races and always chose a favourite horse. Usually that horse was the underdog – the last one. She would call that horse Silleknotte. Whether it lost or won, it was still her favourite.
SILLEKNOTTE is first and foremost the story about love and passion for harness leather. With a creative and modern approach, I endeavour to create a renewed interest in harness leather and the hand-made product. My focus is on craftsmanship and high quality materials in close companionship with Scandinavian design principles.
three colours of harness leather.
The beauty of harness leather extends to the colours. The tan colour is called natural and goes through three phases of patina to achieve a darker colour. It starts out as rather light, turning to a very pale pink and then a lovely light tan brown. Smaller items such as wallets and key holders can go even darker - as much as dark chestnut.
The dark brown has a little pigment and is a Semi-Aniline leather. This means a slight protective coating is applied to the top of the hide to guarantee a consistent colour. Due to the pigmented coating some blemishes will be concealed leaving a more uniform surface texture. Watch as this colour will become a little lighter over time as the patina emerges.
An all time classic colour choice. Like the dark brown, black harness leather is a semi-aniline leather produced through a very similar process to aniline, but has a thin protective top coat added to protect it from wear and staining. Watch as this colour will become a little lighter over time as the patina emerges.
Many things in life get better with time - a SILLEKNOTTE product becomes part of who you are while taking on scuffs and memories of your everyday life. I believe that the products I create should last for many years – a lifetime even – carried and used daily, mirroring a unique and individual lifestyle. That is the spirit in which they were created.
As its name implies, harness leather has strong equestrian ties. A sensational leather with a smooth surface, it’s noticeably strong and quite firm. Horse lovers appreciate its versatility, as the ideal leather for all kinds of accoutrements, such as saddlebags, straps, belts and, of course, harnesses.
CRAFTSMANSHIP & DESIGN.
High quality vegetable tanned harness leather is matched with simple forms, accentuating fine details, a high level of craftsmanship and the natural beauty within the material. Using traditional leather working tools and techniques, every item is handmade, the final product being as much a result of instinct as it is of education and history.