Enigma of Japanese Leather

Tuesday 19th September, 10:30 – 4:30

Leathersellers’ Hall, City of London


The Archaeological Leather Group is holding a day seminar with focus on Japanese leather and traditional tanning methods employed to produce ‘white’ leather: oil, brain, smoke and alum.

There will be two speakers from Japan - Yuko Nishimura a social anthropologist looking at the social standing of tanners, and Shoji Nobi a tanner and historian - and they will be discussing the production of white leather at the leather making centre, Himeji. The programme is currently being finalised but we are hoping to cover subjects such as the chemistry behind traditional tanning methods, the use of white leather in Japanese armour and routes by which brain tanning may have reached North America.

The cost of the day to include a buffet lunch will be £35 for ALG members and £50 for non-members.  All welcome. The booking deadline is Monday 21st August 2017. Further details will be made available here and on the 'Meetings' page.

We are pleased to be holding this seminar at the Leathersellers' Hall in London. More information on the venue can be found here:


Please use the links below to find booking details and the programme for the day:

To book a place

Final Programme (pdf file)

Final Programme (MS Word file)