Leather


A variety of leather products and leather-working tools

Leather is a strong, flexible and durable material obtained from the tanning, or chemical treatment, of animal skins and hides to prevent decay. The most common leathers come from cattle, sheep, goats, equine animals, buffalo, pigs and hogs, and aquatic animals such as seals and alligators.[1][2]

Leather can be used to make a variety of items, including clothing, footwear, handbags, furniture, tools and sports equipment, and lasts for decades. Leather making has been practiced for more than 7,000 years and the leading producers of leather today are China and India.[1][2][3]

Critics of tanneries claim that they engage in unsustainable practices that pose health hazards to the people and the environment near them.[4]

  1. ^ a b Gillan, Kevin; Murray, Jason (May 2019). Comprehensive Guide to Leather Repair and Restoration: Leather Repair Training Manual. Advanced Leather Solutions, Inc. p. 16. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Leather". Encyclopedia Britannica. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  3. ^ Kwasny, Melissa (17 April 2019). Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear. The University Press. ISBN 9781595348654. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Leather: Animals Abused And Killed for Their Skins". PETA. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 10 June 2021.

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