14 Nov NIGERIA’S CENTURY OLD TANNERY
That’s a real crocodile skin. Going through different tanning process before been finally used to make different leather related materials and accessories like bags, shoes, caps, belts etc.
Now, that’s not what we see everyday. We’re only bestowed with those beautiful accessories after they’re finished products, through the rigorous process of tanning
Tanning is the process of treating skins and hides of animals to produce leather, which is more durable and less susceptible to decomposition. Traditionally, tanning used “tannin”, an acidic chemical compound from which the tanning process draws its name. This process takes place in a designated place known as a “Tannery”.
Tanning hide into leather involves a process which permanently alters the protein structure of skin. Making “rawhide ” (untanned but worked hide) does not require the use of “tannin”. Rawhide is made by removing the flesh and fat and then the hair by use of an aqueous solution (this process is often called “liming” when using lime and water or “bucking” when using wood ash (lye) and water), then scraping over a beam with a somewhat dull knife, then drying. The two aforementioned solutions for removing the hair also act to clean the fiber network of the skin and allow penetration and action of the tanning agent, so that all the steps in preparation of rawhide except drying are often preludes to the more complex process of tanning and production of leather.
However, I can’t explain the process in its entirety in words as you need to see for yourself in order to get the full gist, click here .
This is a Short Documentary on historic Kofar Wambai tannery in Kano state, Nigeria dating as far back as a century ago. This informative piece was put together by Huzzain Bello of Huber Filmworks. A young dedicated filmmaker whose passion is bringing visuals in an educating and entertaining form.
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