Vegetable tanning leather - Journey in the Tuscan countryside

January 17, 2019

Vegetable tanning is an artisan tradition that the Tuscan tanneries in Santa Croce sull’Arno have handed down from father to son for centuries, mixing antique recipes and state-of-the-art technology.

 

 

The transformation from raw hides into a material that will resist throughout time is a process that slowly happens into wooden drums, in full respect of man and the environment. An astonishing process based on the use of natural tannins extracted from trees, on modern technologies and machineries and on the slow passing of time.

 

Among the various tanning methods, the vegetable tanning is still nowadays the most traditional, the most recognizable, the only one able to give leather unique characteristics. It is able to join comfort and look, fashion and tradition, uniqueness and versatility of the product.

 

 

The vegetable tanning process is based on the use of tannin, active ingredient responsible for the transformation of the animal hide into a compact and resistant material durable through the years. This natural substance can be found in many different trees and vegetables, in variable concentration according to the different species. These natural tannin extracts make the vegetable-tanned leather unique and easily distinguishable.

 

Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures without ruining.  The natural ageing does not compromise its resistance. It reveals the signs of time and use as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth. The colors of tannins give the leather an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with the passing of time and the daily use.

 

 

 

Choosing a product made of Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather means choosing a one-of-a-kind object that reflects the owner’s lifestyle. No leather looks like any other, its peculiar characteristics offer a wide range of possible interpretations in shape and design. Designers can find a material able to add value to a project of fashion, consumers can find a product overcoming fashion and trends and gaining value with the passing of time.

 

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