Ltalian Vegetable Tanned Leather

Ltalian Vegetable Tanned Leather
The leather part is a rare piece of leather that cannot be removed from a cow that turns to the shoulder.
It is dyed with natural plants and has a clear color and good color. It has the smell and texture of the leather itself.
You can enjoy the moist and lustrous texture and the long-term changes you taste while using.
Ltalian Oil Tanned Leather
Leather tanning and traditional Italian made. Rich in natural textured skin and leather. Including a lot of secret oil, you can enjoy the aroma and texture of leather.
Moist and shiny texture, the gloss increases with use, becoming dark and dark. 
Ltalian Oil Tanned Leather(Fluff)
Leather tanning and traditional Italian made. Including a lot of secret oil, you can enjoy the smell and texture of the leather itself.
The leather surface has various irregularities, different sizes, and a unique atmosphere.
When you use it, you can enjoy the brushed part turned into a special gloss and dark color.
Ltalian Oil Tanned Leather(Uneven dyeing)
Leather tanning and traditional Italian made.
Including a lot of secret oil, you can enjoy the smell and texture of the leather itself.
It uses black uneven dyeing to create a unique atmosphere. It is a different color depending on the blackness of the leather.
Gloss will increase and darken and darken during use.

What is Vegetable Tanned Leather?

Vegetable tanned leather refers to the tannage, or method of tanning the cowhide into leather. It’s called “vegetable” because of the natural materials used in the tanning process like tree bark.

Since vegetable tanning is a natural process, it’s also eco-friendly. Vegetable tanning or veg tan as it’s sometimes called, is one of the oldest methods of tanning known to man. It has literally been around for centuries. 

Here's a great video from Wickett & Craig that provides an overview of the process:

Wickett & Craig | Superior Leather Since 1867 from Wickett & Craig on Vimeo.



The Process of Vegetable Tanning

Step 1: Pre Tanning

First, the hides have to be prepped. So they spend a couple days rehydrating the hides and removing the hair. The whole hide is cut into two pieces called sides.

Step 2: Tanning 


The split hides are then put into large vats filled with natural tannins. Some of these natural tannins include tree bark. The hides spend a couple of weeks soaking in this tanning liquor and must be frequently tended to in order to ensure full absorption. The hides are then removed, excess moisture is taken out and they are shaved to the desired thickness (from the backside).

For vegetable tanned leather that isn’t dyed, this is nearing the end of the road. That type of veg tan leather has a pale almost pinkish color to it. But the veg tan leather we use if further dyed to create the rich color and character that makes our leather so unique.

Step 3: Dyeing, Hot Stuffing, Drying

The tanned hides arrive at this step as a blank canvas and ready to be infused with rich color and character. The hides are dyed in enormous drums that look something like a wine barrel on steroids that rotates in the air.

Our leather is then hot stuffed, which is a special process that literally stuffs the leather hide to its core with waxes and tallows that give it a rich color and make it more durable.

After that, the hides are dried and staked. Staking is a process that softens up the leather just a bit.

Step 4: Finishing the Leather

In this stage, the hides are sprayed another time with waxes and a sealant for protection. 

The entire process is very time and labor intensive, taking about six weeks to complete. This is significantly longer than chrome-tanned leather, which is the most common tanning method.