LEATHER GOODS: THIS IS HOW WE DO THE LEATHER TANNING PROCESS

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The treatment of fur and leather has always been part of our history. Thousands of years ago, it was the main source of protection and shelter for the first people who walked the planet, and it would later evolve into luxury goods such as furniture, bags, rugs, footwear among others.

The treatment of leather has always been made by hand, even now we keep conserving that artisan value and hand work as a craft that has lasted for years. Nowadays, technology allows the massive production of good quality articles, however, the value that the manufacturer imprints on a piece, when it is made one by one, is incalculable since we always will obtain a unique article.

The elaboration of leather goods is a whole process that begins with tanning, a complex step that has been preserved over the years. Tanning is a technique that mixes hand work with the use of natural chemical compounds and has different stages:


 Preparation

In this first stage, the animal hair is removed from the skin and it is washed with water and salts to avoid putrefaction. Remember that finally the body is a living material, for that reason the future leather is kept in a salting room until the transformation begins.


Tanning process

After that, the remaining limbs should be removed and the fur soaked into water during a period that could be between 8 hours and 2 days, depending on the size and the condition of the skin. At this point is very important the artisan experience, as they determine for how long the fur should be kept into water.

When it comes to intervene in animal skin, there are two different methods: vegetable or mineral. The objective is to stabilise the collagen of the skin and transform it into leather. 

Vegetable tanning use tannins that are produced in a natural way through the bark of trees. Skins are completely stretched and placed into tanks with concentrations of tannins. It is a more eco-friendly and ancestral technique. On the other hand, mineral tanning is a modern procedure that appeared recently, it is made with chrome, a white colour metal. This process is faster than the vegetable one and produces a more resistant and durable leather. 


Refining and finishing

And last, the new piece should be dried and refined using essential oils that give leather its characteristic texture and enhance its unmatched smell. Once all the steps are completed (which seem easy but they are not) leather can be moulded and used to create all kinds of goods under a seal of tradition, elegance and sophistication at the same time.

Krono Polo leather goods respect handcrafting tradition. The cow, buffalo and crocodile skins are hand treated to get beautiful accessories but also bigger articles such as polo boots, saddles and our famous polo belts, which, for example, are treated by vegetable tanning, the technique we already explained.

To create leather goods is to take the story of a piece where the skin alone is already valuable. Krono Polo artisans work specifically with Argentinian furs, a place worldwide recognized for producing the best leather, with superior quality and with people who have worked with leather their whole life. This allows Krono Polo to obtain great articles that can be distributed on the international market with a guarantee for life.

The exceptional quality and recognition of our polo boots, belts, keyrings among others, has allowed Krono Polo to keep expanding their portfolio of leather goods under the same seal of exclusivity and trust. This English brand has respectfully taken the gaucha culture and its benefits, in order to bring not only to the polo world the best items that can be found in the market, but also to all kinds of people who value quality and exclusivity.

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