Vegetable Tanned Leather
Conventional chrome-tanned leather is highly criticized, because of the negative, environmental impact of the tanning process. Our founders experienced the negative impact of the chrome tanning process first hand and saw the very poor working conditions of the people working in these chrome tanneries when they visited Magetan in East Java in 2018. Luckily, during the same visit, they also met mr. Hartono. He and his family own a small leather tannery and produce vegetable tanned leather.
Vegetable tanned leather is real cow leather, tanned in a bath with water and acacia wood. The oils in the bark of the wood do the tanning work, as opposed to harsh chemicals that are used with chrome-tanning. The challenge in the last few years has been to find a way to dye the vegetable tanned leather in a way that is not harmful for the environment, but also gives a satisfying result. Recently we have started to collaborate with a Bali based artisan to dye the vegetable tanned leather from mr. Hartono with natural dyes, and the results have been great!
We supply three different qualities of vegetable tanned leather. A cheaper quality that is suitable for lining, premium quality and special quality. The difference between the premium and special quality is that the premium leather may vary slightly in thickness. If you order a 1.5mm premium quality, your sheet may vary from 1.3 - 1.7mm. Whereas for the special quality the thickness will be even over the whole sheet. Also the premium quality may contain a low number of holes or scars, whereas the special quality is a selection of only the finest, undamaged leather.
The following leathers are currently available in our office:
If you are looking for a different thickness, we can do a custom order. The MOQ (minimum order quantity) for a sample is 1 sheet (approx. 30ft), the MOQ for production is 200ft (1ft is 25cm x 25cm).
The vegetable tanned leather can be naturally dyed by our partner in Bali. Or you can buy the undyed leather from us.
Please get in touch through the form below if you would like to receive our pricelist, or if you would like to make an appointment to visit our office to see and feel the leather. If you are not in Bali, it is also possible for us to ship leather swatches to you.
Next to supplying leather, we can also help with production management for your leather goods. Please use the form below to enquire for more information.