Raw hides and skins reach the Cadore Tannery where, following various processing stages, they will be transformed into a whole variety of coloured leathers going on to become divans, shoes, jackets, handbags and anything a designer's creativity can wish to fashion.
The main stages of leather processing which are the result of a thirty year long experience and never-ending tannery scientific and technological research, can be summed up with the following infographic.
The raw hides and skins are stored with precise systems enabling preservation.
Unhairing the leathers.
A mechanical process allowing the removal of unwanted fleshy residual matter and fat.
This process is carried out in drums to convert the leather into a durable product while preserving it and specific physical-mechanical properties are conferred.
A process enabling the removal of excess water achieving the spreading out of leathers at the same time.
A mechanical process to cut the hide horizontally into two layers : the upper layer (grain) and the lower layer called split.
A mechanical process enabling uniform thickness all over the leathers.
A manual operation to cut away unwanted material from the edges and allow a better shape.
A further process in drums to confer fullness and texture while producing the required colour.
Leather drying is carried out using a facility with airtight metal plates creating a vacuum.
The leathers are dried using a frame with metal plates where toggles are used to fix the leathers.
Step used to remove surface defects from leather using a light buffing action.
Using a staking machine the leathers are pounded with pins from above and below mechanically. This softens and stretches the leathers.
A manual step to apply finishing onto the surface of the leather using board pads.
Mechanical step using a roller to apply finishing onto the leather surface.
Mechanical method to apply finishing onto the leather surface using spray guns.
Mechanical method enabling special patterns using metallic rollers or duly grained metallic plates.
Leathers are softened and grain patterns enhanced by means of mechanical tossing in drums with set temperatures and moistness.
Mechanical process to confer a degree of required lustre and a special feel.
Finished leathers are painstakingly inspected and tested by people in charge of quality to ensure the prerequisites fully respect standards agreed on.
Qualified staff see to selecting leathers according to precise criteria established together with the customer.
Further hand trimming is carried out before measuring in order to eliminate unwanted edge parts and confer a better edge to the leather.
The leather surface is measured using a special measuring machine and then printed onto the under side of the leather.
The leathers are packed in several different ways depending on customer requirements and then shipped.