The slow working process, the slow passing of time ..
Production techniques based on the use of exclusively natural products Versatility, beauty and quality
The characteristics of our vegetable tanned leather

VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER

The Vegetable Tanning has its origins in prehistoric times and in Tuscany it experienced its maximum splendor.
For centuries the Tuscan master tanners have handed down the precious craftsmanship tradition, now a combination of ancient recipes and advanced technology.

The tanneries associated with the consortium, heirs of age-old experience and knowledge , still carry out the slow manufacturing process that leads the raw hides to become leather, in total respect of nature.
A process based on the use of natural tannins from trees, new technologies and the slow passage of time .
The “Vegetable Tanning” is the most traditional and recognizable; the only one capable of imparting unmistakable properties to leather, versatility of use and uniqueness of the product.

The Magrabò products marked with the open hand mark are made with Italian Leather Certified by the Genuine Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium in Tuscany

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTION

Vegetable tanned leather does not contain toxic substances harmful to humans and the environment and is usually well tolerated by people allergic to heavy metals.

The production cycle is regarded in every detail, to minimize the environmental impact:

- The skin of cattle intended for the food industry is mainly used for vegetable tanning.
No animal is killed directly for the tanning, indeed, if not used in the tanning process would create serious disposal problems;
- Being tanned with natural tannins, once its life cycle is over, a vegetable leather product can be disposed of easily, thanks to its chemical-biological characteristics;

- The huge investments of the tanneries in purification and waste disposal systems ensure full respect for the environment;

- Most of the substances used during the processing are recovered, processed and reused in other sectors.
The hair removed from the rawhides is transformed into fertilizer for agriculture while the sludges, coming from the purifiers, are used in the construction sector for the construction of bricks;

- The vegetable tanned leather, identifiable by its brand, guarantees the absence of toxic substances, such as azo dyes, nickel or pentachlorophenol and chromium VI, harmful not only for the human being but also for the environment.

Finally the consumer attentive to quality and to the environmental protection has a brand to refer to when purchasing leather products.

IT AGES, BUT DOES NOT SPOIL

Vegetable tanned leather absorbs traces of life.

Are precisely the changes and customizations that take place over time and with use that testify to the naturalness of the product.

The colors of the tannins over time give warm tones to the leather, which tend to resurface on the surface with use.

Choosing a product made with this leather means owning an article that is the expression of a unique and unrepeatable philosophy and lifestyle.

No leather is the same as the other and this means that its interpretations in shapes and designs are enriched by the variety and personality of the material: a particular and subtle charm that is transmitted to the finished product and to the wearer.

IT AGES, BUT DOES NOT SPOIL

Vegetable tanned leather absorbs traces of life.

Are precisely the changes and customizations that take place over time and with use that testify to the naturalness of the product.

The colors of the tannins over time give warm tones to the leather, which tend to resurface on the surface with use.

Choosing a product made with this leather means owning an article that is the expression of a unique and unrepeatable philosophy and lifestyle.

No leather is the same as the other and this means that its interpretations in shapes and designs are enriched by the variety and personality of the material: a particular and subtle charm that is transmitted to the finished product and to the wearer.

THE TANNIN

Tannin is the foundation of vegetable tanning.

It is found more or less concentrated in numerous types of trees and plants.

Tannins are essential elements for a wide range of uses that man has been able to draw from over the centuries.

The oldest and most important is undoubtedly the one linked to "tanning", to the treatment of hides for their processing and transformation into leather, destined for footwear, leather goods, furnishings, clothing and objects

The term tannin was used for the first time in 1796 to indicate a substance present in plant extracts capable of forming insoluble complexes with animal hides proteins, preventing the action of proteolytic enzymes from compromising the physical state of the skin.

This substance is concentrated in numerous types of trees and plants, and can be present both in the bark and in the leaves, in the wood or even in the fruits and roots.

Are the tannins, extracts of vegetable origin, that give the tanned leather that characteristic of uniqueness that makes it so particular, so immediately distinguishable from other types of tanning: the same "leather scent", for example, is something unrepeatable, connotative of an unmistakable feeling.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TANNINS

The current tanning practice uses liquid or powdered tannic extracts .
The best known and oldest is the Chestnut extract obtained from the trunk of the homonymous plant.

The peculiar characteristics of the product make the Chestnut tannic extract particularly suitable for the tanning of heavy leathers and, in particular, of the leather for the sole, as they allow to obtain a high yield in weight, a firm, compact but flexible, elastic leather , of good color, resistant to light and with good impermeability to water.

But equally common in vegetable tanning is the extract of Quebracho, a tree that grows mainly in Argentina, in the Chaco region.
Its color, its beauty and its naturalness make it a first-rate component in luxury leather goods. Quebracho tanning also means warmth, perfume, softness, resistance, the charm of objects that over time become more beautiful and recall unforgettable moments of our lives.

In addition to Chestnut and Quebracho extracts, Tare tannins are used in the tanning sector, mainly used in the automotive and furniture sectors, providing the leather with excellent fullness and softness properties, good resistance to light and heat.

The Mimosa extracts give a pink color to the leathers for leather goods, sole and footwear while the Gambier extracts are suitable for fine and precious full-grain articles, with a reddish brown color.

A return to nature and a brake on the use of products of chemical derivation which, also thanks to the profound evolution carried out by the research linked to them, makes tannins an important natural ingredient for a wide range of industrial applications

Source: CONSORZIO VERA PELLE ITALIANA CONCIATA AL VEGETALE