The Concho Belt as we know it today was created in the 1870s by the Navajo, who took their inspiration from Mexican bridle decorations and hair ornaments worn by the Plains Indians while also incorporating the unique leather-stamping techniques of the Spaniards and Moors. The silver disks, called conchos or conchas - the Spanish word for shells - were often crafted by hammering Mexican and U.S. silver dollars.
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