Leather from the pit. Red-tanned.
The following leather item is made by
the Sonnenleder company from Bodman-Ludwigshafen on Lake Constance.
The meticulously run company
uses traditional processes for the production
of leather and stands for consistently
functional, pure design. Hides
from South German cattle are traditionally
vegetable tanned. The tannin is
extracted mainly from bark, roots and
fruits. In twelve pits with slightly increasing
concentrations, the protein fibers
of cattle hides are converted during six
to twelve weeks into leather fibers. After
tanning, the hides are air-dried and
greased according to a well-protected
recipe. Finished, undyed leather has a
characteristic, slightly light brown-reddish
hue (hence also the term „red-tanned“)
which varies with every object.
Sun and rain change the hue, and with
time, the leather’s natural protection
develops, the patina, that gives the leather
a distinctive appearance. Even
black drum-dyed leather develops a
shiny patina after use.