These Soft Vegetable Tan Calf Hides, 2-3 oz. are very nice, with almost no blemishes and are perfect for making bags that are supple, with that nice broken-in feel, like an old friend! Our 2-3 oz. size is a bit heavier than the 2 oz. offered in other other sizes (see related items below). They make great bags that are easy to sew, fold, and work with, being excellent for tooling and taking dye well. The 2-3 oz. are a light russet color, are 100% veg tan cowhides, with the full calf hides averaging 5-7 or 7-8 square feet.
About Vegetable Tanning
Tanning with chemicals (tannins) from tree bark dates back thousands of years and has been used in America from early settlement through the present day.
Tannins are generally referred to as "vegetable products" and this tanning makes leather very flexible, less water-soluble and more resistant to bacteria, thus giving it longer life and many desirable qualities.
Because of its ability to retain shape, vegetable tanned leather readily accepts guide marks for stitching, can be molded, tooled, incised and otherwise decorated, as well as lending itself to uniform dyeing.