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Do you know how Leather is made and how you get an end product from animal skin?

Making leather is a time-consuming, complex procedure that requires attention to detail and precision to consistently produce high-quality leather with the same finish. Starting with animal skin, the process will result in a piece of leather that is ready to be made into apparel such as jackets, coats, pants, skirts, or any other leather product.

Almost any animal’s skin, including those of pigs, sheep, goats, and crocodiles, can be used to make leather. However, the most common hide used for our products is Lambskin/ Sheep. Animal hide is turned into a beautiful and useful material that will last for decades.

The key steps of leather-making

Although there are many different kinds of leather and hence numerous variations in the production process, it may generally be divided into five essential steps.

 

·         Cleaning

·         Tanning

·         Retanning

·         Milling

·         Finishing

Cleaning

The method of cleaning the hides & skins is known as the ‘beam house’. Any preserving salt, dirt, and flesh are removed together with the wool or hair. In some cases where the final leather will be ‘hair-on’ the hair or wool will be left intact.

After being thoroughly cleaned, the hides can be divided to create a top grain layer for full grain or nubuck leather and a bottom layer for suede leather. This enables the final product’s leather thickness to be altered. 

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