chapter  6
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Making Leather Leaner: The Garden State Tanning Story

BySean G. Traynor

The leather industry is one of the oldest known to humankind. From the time primitive peoples used animal hides up to today's use of leather, often as a luxury item for handbags and car seats, leather has played a unique role as a protective, utilitarian, and decorative material. Even with today's array of human-made fibers and materials, leather stands unique in its strength and tactile and breathing characteristics.