Kanpur has been a very prominent hub since ages, for the production and manufacture of leather saddlery. The craft of taming vegetable tanned leather and making harnesses and saddlery gained popularity during the colonial rule in Kanpur and other neighbouring towns of Uttar Pradesh. The manufacture of horse-riding and driving equipment and products come under the banner of small industries. The saddlery is crafted with great skill to maintain the tensile strength of the leather, so that it is both flexible and durable. The top parts of the items are made with leather to provide comfort while riding. Today, Kanpur is the sole independent centre of production, supplying global markets as well. Besides Kanpur, materials are also procured from Phillaur, Jalandhar and Meerut.