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Leather and its origin

Leather and its origin

The leather industry is one of the oldest in the history of mankind. Our most distant ancestors used skins to protect their bodies, hands and feet. Leather is made from the skin of any mammal, reptile, bird or fish through a process called tanning. This process preserves the skin which otherwise would quickly putrefy.

Nowadays, at least half of the leather produced is transformed into shoes and about a quarter into clothing. Only about 15% is used for furniture and the rest is transformed into leather goods and other consumer products.

Because of its durability and comfort, leather has always been used for the upholstery of upholstered furniture or conveyances. The first leathers were made from cowhide, cowhide, hog skin, waterfowl skins or goats. The hides came from animals hunted or raised for food. The current trend is that most of the soft leather comes from cattle skins (ie cowhide) as these are readily available and better suited to the needs of creators, producers and customers. today.

Far from losing its popularity, leather is still the material of choice for many people, not only for furniture whether commercial or private, but also for the automotive industry, aviation and the nautical sector.

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