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RexRow t1_jbv6wuf wrote

I'm looking for information on how the historical mongols tanned leather. I've seen one vague reference to them using 'fermented milk, butter, and egg yolks', but I'm looking for actual details.


JenorRicafort t1_jc8tyoi wrote

>how the historical mongols tanned leather.

According to Morris Rossabi, a scholar of Mongol history, the tanning process involved several steps:

  • Soaking: The hides were soaked in water to remove any dirt, blood, or other impurities. This could take several days or even weeks.

  • Scraping: After soaking, the hides were stretched out and scraped with a dull knife or scraper to remove the hair and flesh.

  • Soaking in Alkaline Solution: The hides were then soaked in a solution of water and an alkaline substance such as lime or ash. This helped to break down the proteins in the hide and prepare it for tanning.

  • Tanning: The hides were tanned using vegetable tanning, which involved soaking the hides in tannin-rich solutions made from tree bark or other plant materials. The tannins helped to bind the proteins in the hide and make it more durable and water-resistant.

  • Stretching and Drying: After tanning, the hides were stretched and dried in the sun or over a fire. This helped to smooth out any wrinkles or folds in the leather and make it more pliable.

  • Finishing: The finished leather could be dyed, oiled, or otherwise treated according to the needs of the Mongol craftsmen.

Source: Rossabi, Morris. "The Mongols and Global History: A Norton Casebook in History." W.W. Norton & Company, 2011.


Opinions_yes53 t1_jbvw0cv wrote

Start with your local library and ask them, fund of information most of the time.