Wet Salted Cow Bellies & Hides - Trimmings - Heads

Wet Salted Cow Bellies

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Common uses of Wet Salted Cow & Bull Bellies

The Wet Salted Cow Bellies, once tanned, they find their use in a wide range of areas: from manufacturing cheap work gloves to sandals, footwear and leather goods. We are today the most diversified company in the sale of leather working on the global market, we provide professionally every type of leather, from raw to finished leather, therefore, together with competitive prices, we are able to serve every type of customer.
The choice of raw material plays a key role in the tanning process. Mapel is today the largest exporter of wet salted cow and bull bellies and of wet salted trimmings and heads, with hundreds of containers exported each year. We are specialize in the trade and selection of wet salted leather and raw hides in general.

Wet Salted Cow Bellies

The terminology used to indicate the leather skins during its production process is very specific, especially with the “raw” term is indicated a skin not yet subject to the tanning process; with “crust leather” and “fully finished leather” terms, are defined the skins that have been split tanned, greased, dried and finished. With “wet blue leather” is indicated a skin tanned with chrome, but not finished, with “wet white leather” the one tanned with vegetable tannins. The wet blue and wet white skins needs to be finished (dyed, greased and final finish). Both “crust” and “wet leathers” are intermediate products that are traded.
Depending on the finished product that you want to obtain, the skin needs to have different characteristics and consequently has to undergo different treatments, for example the upper leather is tanned mostly with chrome, rarely tannin and must be soft, flexible and bent. Instead, skins intended for lining books, are generally thin tanned hides, for which an intense hardness is required, for this reason the vegetable tanning process is normally used.
Wet Salted Raw Leather belongs to the initial stage of skin preservation, which after slaughter can in fact be preserved through two main methodologies. Conservation consists essentially in the first stabilization of harvested material that prevents skin rot and it can take place in several ways.

The main leather preservation methods

Sun Dried Leather
The first method of drying is to extract as much water as possible from the skin (dehydration) and can occur in the sun (traditionally used in very dry tropical areas such as Africa and South America Uruguay Paraguay and Argentina). This drying pattern is usually too fast (sun dried) and brings to a bad preservation that substantially dries the outside too quickly while the inside is deteriorated because it does not dry out completely. One variant of this form of drying is to make it dry with air (air dried). This relieves the previous problem but does not solve it entirely because the skins are often not well-stretched and therefore they take irregular shapes and bends.
A second more elaborate drying method is to dry the skins after they have been pulled with lumber through the frames and placed in suspension under the canopies for the time needed for total drying. As a general remark, with reference to the above points, it is necessary to specify the specific weight of the material: sun dried skins are those with the highest specific weight because they retain a higher percentage of moisture. Stated “100” the “green weight” (leather just extracted and skinned) sun-skinned skins will have a weight of “85”, those shaded in shade “80”, and those on frames “70”.
Wet Salted Cow Bellies
The third way to conserve the raw skins it is the use of salt, usually sodium chloride. It’s the most popular preservation mode today and allows us to get the best quality skins.

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