Vegetable Tanned Leather: A Brief History And All That You Need To Know

Leather is one of the most widely traded commodities globally. It is a durable and biodegradable material that is produced by tanning animal rawhides and skins. Its existence can be traced to the Stone Age, around 8,000 BC. Our ancestors would wrap pieces of animal skin around their feet to protect them from stones and thorns. Food would also be transported in bags made of animal hide and soon early forms of leather started to be used for clothing and shelter against harsh conditions. It was still a task to prevent the leather from rotting. Once the earliest forms of tanning came into being, flexible and durable leather came into existence. One of the three primitive methods of tanning were - fat-based, plant-based, and mineral-based tanning - modern-day tanneries across the globe use a more automated and evolved versions of these processes even today. Simply put, tanning is the method of preserving animal skin and it is one of the most crucial steps in leather production.

Vegetable tanning is the process of deriving leather from natural sources that permanently alters the protein structure of the animal hides and skin, thus increasing their thermal, chemical and microbiological stability. In the eco-friendly technique of vegetable tanning, organic material and natural tannins are derived from barks, leaves, and branches of trees and plants. Due to the elaborate processes of production, involving several weeks of treatment, the vegetable-tanned leather has a much longer life and is more expensive than most other leathers in comparison. It produces the sturdiest, highest quality of leather that gets better as it ages.

The use of organic materials lends the leather a rather distinct appearance, unmatched durability, and colors that are rich and deep in natural earthy tones such as browns, beiges, yellows, and reds. An organic unevenness is a characteristic of the authentic, natural tanning process. The leather also develops a patina over time with prolonged use and exposure to the environment, something that leather enthusiasts are obsessed with. The fibers of the animal hide used for the leather are visible in the finished product, lending a unique personality to the leather.  

We emphasize on using vegetable tan leather for our Havana collection since it is organic and holds good on our high standards of premiumness and quality. We, as a conscious leather brand, strive to impress you with our choice of the best leather around, be it in terms of staying up to speed with the latest technologies of production or unique design aesthetics.


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