We buy raw leather for tanning from farmers, cooperatives or slaughter in the period from early May to late June. Then leather is graded, salted and stored.
WASHING AND DEGREASING
Rawhide comes in processing where the fat liquor content is removed from the hides by mechanical and chemical process with detergent and degreaser. This leather is pickled (acidification process) and after that is ready for the tanning.
Then leather is chrome-tanned, a process that ensures good durability of both the wool fiber and leather backing. This process preserves the hide and allows our end products to be washed with minimal shrinkage. Tanned leather is situated for 7-10 days, then dried, scraped, trimmed, ironed, and prepared for after-tanning.
After-tanning is process of adding chromium to previously cleaned and degreased leather. After-tanning gives a leather better temperature resistant and better color receiving abilities. After-tanned leather is stretched (dried), scraped, trimmed, ironed and abrased (sanding), so when it is done it would have as plush look. Leather is now ready for dyeing.
In separate operations leather face and wool are dyed, depending on the color, up to a temperature of 65 degrees. These hot water dyes are known to be permanent and stable dyes that would not rub off or wash out of the end product. At the end artificial fat is added to leather to get softer.
Dyed and dry leather is ready for final process. The skin side is buffed smooth and the wool side is trimmed, brushed and ironed to a silky finish. The fur is treated with the resources that give luster. Finally, leathers are sorted and ready to be cut and sewn to create our beautiful sheepskin products.