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Chamois leather

"Chamois" is a French word for a goat-antelope. Traditional chamois tanning takes about 1 year. Split leather is used to make chamois and the tanning is done with fats and oils.

In some countries, the term "chamois leather" applies to sheep leather, lamb leather, deerskin, chamois skin, goat skin, reindeer skin or cow skin. In France and the USA, the term is only in use for split leather of sheep and only when tanned with fats and oils.


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Chamois used for traditional deerskin clothing

 

Wash leather - Window leather

The term "wash leather" and "window leather" is used for very absorbent leather used for drying wet surfaces on glass and other surfaces.

  • Window leather from sheep skin: Sheep leather is thinner and does not absorb so much moisture. It is therefore more suitable for wiping off steamed windows and for drying.
  • Window leather from deer skin: The ability to absorb water corresponds to a multiple of the weight. Deer skin as chamois is therefore ideal for all purposes.


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Window leather of deer with bullet holes.

 

Traditional chamois production at the tannery Kolesch in Biberach, Germany


Chamois production at the Kolesch tannery.


Washing chamois leather

How to wash chamois leather.


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Chrome tanning - Vegetable-tanned leather - Synthetic tanning - Tanning with fats and oils


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