Our "Traditional" Swiss collars represent a family craft which dates back over 250 years, and supports the festive nature of the breathtaking Appenzeller region of Switzerland. Indeed, each collar is handcrafted by the 7th generation descendant of the original founder of this alpine tradition. As his ancestors, our craftsman uses only the finest of leather for his work and each piece is adorned with representative alpine figures, hand carved, cut, and tooled from brass or alpine silver pieces. He also specializes in decorative cowbells and belts, which also play a big role in Swiss traditions. The Traditional Collars were originally made for the colorful cattle drives in the summer and fall. At this time the herdsman puts on his best 'tracht' or traditional dress, his dog wears his nicest collar, and the cows are adorned with colorful treicheln or glocken (alpine cowbells) for their journey up to the mountain pastures in the spring and back down to the valley meadows in the fall.