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What happens at the tannery?
The tannery preserves the leather enabling it to be finished and ready for using in the manufacturing of products. But did you know there are numerous ways that leather can be preserved? Check out the most commonly used preservation methods below.
VEGETABLE (VEG) TANNED
This process uses tannins and other organic matter to create a light brown colour hide that is supple to the touch. The colour shade can be adjusted according to the tannin mix and the original colour of the skin.
This originated during the mid 19th century and utilises chromium sulphate and other chromium salts. It produces a more supple and malleable skin compared to veg tan, along with retaining its colour and shape when immersed in water.
Using mainly glutaraldehyde or oxazolidine compounds, the resulting leather is often referred to as wet-white leather thanks to its pale cream or sometimes white appearance. It is the main type of chromium-free leather.
Created by scraping the skin to a minimal thickness, soaking in lime and stretching during the drying process. Rawhide is stiffer and often relatively brittle compared to most other leathers.
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