Originally, a "leather" that was basically
alum-tawed hair sheepskin, usually of a naturally
white color but also dyed red. It was first
produced in Córdoba, Spain, by a
combination of Arab and Spanish craftsmen
following the Moorish invasion of the 8th century.
Sometime during the 14th or 15th century the
method of producing Cordoban changed from tawing
to vegetable tannage. Within Spain the name for
all these materials, including CORDOVAN LEATHER ,
was guadameci. The terms "Cordoban." "Cordovan,"
and "Spanish leather" have been used in England
for centuries to denote indiscriminately several
kinds of leather, some imported from Spain, others
from France and Holland, as well as some actually
produced in England and called "cordwain," which
is probably a corruption of the French cordouan.