Real sheepskin is defined as the natural wool-on-leather coat of the Sheep.
Simulated products made from pile fabrics, are not real sheepskin.
Sheepskin is a by-product of the meat industry.
The unique properties of sheepskin have long been recognised and used in clothing, footwear, furnishings, seating, nursing and infant care.
Comfort, durability, resilience, breathability,moisture absorption, easy care,warm in Winter, cool in Summer, anti-flam.
The Tanning of sheepskins is one of mankind’s oldest craft practices.
Whilst biochemistry and mechanisation facilitate tanning and manufacture of sheepskin, the fundamentals remain the same.
Briefly: From farm to meat market thence sorted raw skins go to woolskin tannery, here they will be sorted again ready for wet shop processing – i.e. stopping putrefaction by substituting cellular fat for tanning agents, usually chrome tannage.
After dyeing and further leather dressing, woolskins go to finishing. Here skins will be softened and wool sheared and ironed according to requirement. Around 40 separate processes in all, many dependent on the age-old visual and tactile craft skills.
From the tannery, finished sheepskin are sold as whole skins graded by size and quality.
Cutting is usually done by hand from the leather side. Sewing is normally done by overlocker and walking foot flat bed sewing machines.
Specialist sheepskin retailers can be counted on for invaluable advice when making any purchase. They will be able to guide customers about how best to care for their purchase.
For further information about sheepskin tanning follow this link.
For further information about designing with sheepskin follow this link.