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The Different Kinds of Leather

The processing of leather is a true art that has been handed down for centuries, we know it well in Tuscany because it is from here that one of the best and largest tanning traditions in the world is born.
The skins worked by our artisans are the most popular and famous leathers and the reason is simple: centuries of tradition have created a unique experience, capable of enhancing the quality of the natural material at best. Of course, not all skins are the same. There are different types of leather, this allows Florentine artisans a great creative variety. Each bag of I Medici of Florence has its own special character, an unmistakable style. If you want to understand and recognize the quality with which the leather accessories are made, here are the types of leather usually used in pleating, but I Medici of Florence use only full grain.

Cowhide

This type is the type of leather that can be easily used to make any small leather goods and is therefore the most used leather.The typical and characteristic elements of cowhide are the smell, light but unique and the color that is initially
always clear that with the passage of time it tends to darken. The thickness of the cowhide can vary depending on the needs of use from a minimum of 0.9, very fine to coat objects to a maximum of 8 mm which makes it perfect for bags and totes. It is the one used for I Medici of Florence accessories.

Bovina

This leather is mainly used for the realization of objects that require a certain rigidity as the bags for professionals: classically briefcase or document folders, belts.
The thickness can vary from 3 to 7 mm and is available in various colors and plots, which allows a very varied use and the creation of products of great quality and design.

Leather crust

The leather crust is derived from the division into two parts along the whole section of the skin creating two sheets.
The rind is the skin on the inside, the one adhering to the meat with which objects of lower quality are made, less resistant. The “flower” is the skin on the fur side of the animal and is the most valuable.

Chamois

The chamois is one of the most precious leathers Suede leather is the result of a complex and complex work.
It is necessary to work the crust of the leather with the direct scraping, the skin is then subjected to oxidation tanning that employs fish oils and considerable physical effort. The chamois leather, specifically the suede crust, it is mainly used in the field of clothing and footwear.

 

 

 

Short Story of Leather Tanning

Speaking about leather there is no doubt that it is the most exclusive and elegant material created for the manufacture of bags and clothing, so, what is the history that precedes the modern use of this “must” of fashion?

Leather processing and manufacturing has very ancient origins: the earliest testimonies of rudimentary clothing created with the raw hide that primitive man derived from his hunting, the animals from the hard and dangerous prehistoric times, when man fight for his own life in each moment of the day.

First it was the use of a skin completely devoid of any treatment, that made the primitive items of clothing not lasting over time due to the natural process of decomposition to which the skin was going.

But primitive man, yes was primitive, but not stupid; he solved this problem first through drying leather, which stopped the decomposition process.

This was the firs step but not enough, in fact that made the skin stiff and difficult to work and later through rubbing with fats that could soften the dried skin. Then, the ever-increasing use of leather brings primitive man to invent and implement a new and more effective technique for processing leather and to increasingly avert the danger derived from the putrefaction of the material, the tanning technique. A first and almost unaware tanning technique consisted of immersing the material in a vegetable solution composed of water, various barks, leaves and berries that through active ingredients.

The “tannins” made the skin soft and resistant to decomposition and the improvement of this “tanning technique” meant that the skin, in Ancient Roman times, was used not only as a garment but also above all for the creation of accessories. The first true tanneries date back to the medieval age; these factories required not only a high and refined knowledge of the material but also and above all an adequate location. In fact, they arose in wooded areas rich in water and livestock in such a way as to make easily available raw materials that were used precisely in tanning. Modern tanning processes are based on the discoveries made millions of years ago by our ancestors, discoveries that

have made the leather the most modern, quality, durable, beautiful material, but with the oldest history.