The product was used by the farming communities of Kachchh. Post harvesting, farmers would tie the crop yield onto the cart with the naadi and carry it to the storage areas. The skill needed to twist and braid leather has become relatively uncommon in present day Kachchh. Since the naadi was used rigorously, it needed to have enough strength and ability to last. To make it, two people would hold the pieces of leather at both ends while twisting and adding to its length.
Various straps and fittings for carts used by Ahir farmers were made from leather. Jotar was a broad leather piece that was passed under the bull’s neck with loops on either end to attach it to a cart.
This was used during the harvest season. The farmers used it to fling stones, producing a distinct loud sound that scared away birds. Gophans especially were exchanged for grains.
This was hung beneath a farmer’s bullock cart to carry water pots, and was also hung on ceilings at home to keep food away from pests. Though it was often made from animal hair and other fibres, chheekos made from leather were especially prized. Numerous patterns and braiding styles for its strength and structurewere used. These have been replaced by other substitute materials in the present day.
Supdo was made of dry grass stalks whichwere wrapped and stitched with goat leather. This technique resulted in an even surface that prevented the chaff or grains from getting trapped in gaps. It had raw and bold stitches all over to ensure tightness of the leather with the grass underneath.