Department

Rawhide

When rawhides arrive, they are stored in appropriate warehouse until ready for workmanship. The cutting of rawhides is the first phase of work done manually by experienced cutters. They divide the rawhides into various sections: bellies, butts and shoulders.

Preparation of

leathers

After cutting, the hides are transported and immersed in large drums, constructed by master artisans using a particular type of wood. During this process, salt and other impurities are removed from the hides, restoring them to their “natural” hydrated condition. After the soaking and liming phases of workmanship, the animal hair is removed and discarded.

Leathers take on a new aspects after these treatments and are ready for fleshing and splitting, operations done by machine with the help of a skilled worker. These procedures remove unwanted flesh and fat from the hide. Afterwards, a deleting process eliminates all the residual lime and neutralizes the hides while preparing them for tanning.
The pickling procedure concludes the preparation of the hides, making them more receptive to the following phases of tanning using vegetable extracts.

Vegetable

Tanning

After cutting, the hides are transported and immersed in large drums, constructed by master artisans using a particular type of wood. During this process, salt and other impurities are removed from the hides, restoring them to their “natural” hydrated condition. After the soaking and liming phases of workmanship, the animal hair is removed and discarded.

Leathers take on a new aspects after these treatments and are ready for fleshing and splitting, operations done by machine with the help of a skilled worker. These procedures remove unwanted flesh and fat from the hide. Afterwards, a deleting process eliminates all the residual lime and neutralizes the hides while preparing them for tanning.
The pickling procedure concludes the preparation of the hides, making them more receptive to the following phases of tanning using vegetable extracts.

Dyeing and

Fattening

A new phase of workmanship begins in this department: dyeing and fattening, usually done using precise mixtures and percentages. These operations add color to the leathers while making them softer.

Different articles are obtained, depending on the amount of products used for dyeing and fattening.
For this reason, each firm has its own secret formulas for tanning and dyeing leathers.
The wet cycles terminate here. Hides are then stretched and cleaned in the final operation calling “setting out”.

Drying

Time

The hides are then dried.

Drying is done in a special area where the hides are hung up one by one. A mechanical operation known as staking softens the leathers by means of flexing.