Leather has been used by humans throughout time due its many unique characteristics. Initially a waste material, once processed it is strong, flexible, durable, wind and shower proof, a natural insulator. Leather has been an important material for the survival of the human species. Now leather is prized not only for its practical traits but also for its beauty, richness and naturality.
The leather industry utilises waste from the meat industry. Materials that would otherwise go to waste (animal skins) are turned into a valuable product that creates skilled and meaningful work for people in rural areas and many cities. When the tanning process of leather is done with traditional vegetable tanning methods as our leather is, it respects the environment whilst creating a material that can stand the test of time.
Vegetable tanned leather is a natural material. This natural substance is extracted from plant sources which contain tannin. Its function lies in protecting the plant from bacteria and fungi.
On an industrial scale, the most widely used plant sources for the extraction of tannin are Chestnut, Tara pods and Quebracho wood. These raw materials come from forests that are strictly regulated. The tannin producers and suppliers take the first responsibility to protect and manage the woods, to be able to procure the raw materials over time. Thus, the tannin industry has made significant contributions in protecting the forest heritage against intensive agriculture and construction industries.
The process of vegetable tanning is a sustainable one as they include the use of tree bark and other natural extracts to tan the leather. This extraction does not require any chemical additives. It only requires using hot water. Hence, the chemical free tanning process is highly environmentally friendly and has strong biodegradability.
Occasionally dust with a dry cloth as dust absorbs moisture and dries out the leather which can cause cracks. Periodically wax or condition the leather to keep it from drying out. A good leather oil or conditioner will keep the leather strong and looking new as well as making it more water resistant.
If your product gets wet it is best to allow the leather to dry naturally, reconditioning the leather once dry.
Store the product in a cool and dry place and avoid humidity and any heat sources such as sunlight because they will cause the leather to dry and discolour.
Do not store light colours next to dark colours as there is possibility of colour transfer, particularly in humid conditions.
Leather is a natural product. Variations in its colour, texture and structure are to be expected and celebrated, these are not considered defects. Leather will wear with age and if cared for correctly last a lifetime.