Leather is purported to have been utilized
by humans to protect their bodies since nearly
2 million years ago in the Palaeolithic era.
Over time, we developed tanning
and treatment technologies
as leather goods
beame a favourite
Originating in Britain,
bridle leather has a history
that spans over 1,000
years. This leather had both
beauty and strength,
and was used for the
harnesses of horses
ridden by the British gentry.
A technique discovered by the British in the 19th century that involves immersing hide in a tannin solution extracted from plant bark over the course of many months. Though it requires much time and labour, this process does not detract from the original look of the leather, making it possible to enjoy aging and transformative changes over time.
※This is the tanning process used for bridle leather.
A technique of tanning hide using metal that appeared in the 1900s. Since chrometanning results in both durability and a supple finish, this process is often used for the leather in automobiles
and sofas.Though chrome
tanning does not allow the
much enjoyment of leather
changing over time, it is popular due to being more cost and time efficient than vegetable tanning.
Though chrome tanning does not allow the much enjoyment of leather changing over time, it is popular due to being more cost and time efficient than vegetable tanning.
In this process the leather is tanned with vegetable tannin, and then coated with beeswax or a fat such as beef tallow. Occasionally the wax permeating the leather will rise up to the surface as a white powder referred to as “bloom”. The charm of waxed leather is its great durability and the beautiful lustre it takes on the more it
※This is the finish used for bridle leather.
This is the process of using
a high-pressure heat press to add
unevenness and give the surface of
the leather a textured look.
Major motifs include crocodile and
lizard. A feature of embossed leather
is its ability to conceal damage.
This process involves coating the surface of the leather with urethane resin known for the classy look it produces that fits well in formal settings.
Though enamelled leather is simple to care for as it is tough, water-resistant and doesn’t get dirty easily, the material does not age or change much over time.