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 program 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. Further details, including how to book, will be made available here and on the 'Meetings' page.

Posted on 12th April 2017