Wildwuchs - Chamois tanned deer leather
For the brand Wildwuchs only a noble and extraordinary material is used: the products are made of suede from the red deer. The unique leather with the velvety feel is produced in the last chamois tannery in Germany. The chamois tanned deerskin is durable and extremely light.
The individual characteristics which forest and weather have left on the skin of wild deer are retained in the production. Due to this characteristic of the leather every sprawl product is a true piece of nature.
Chamois leather of the red deer is the finest leather of all. Our deer leather is traditionally made in the last chamois tannery in Germany. For more than 300 years it is manufactured in water power driven, massive wooden mallets, which mechanically incorporate an aqueous codfish oil solution into it.
The chamois-tanning makes the leather hard-wearing, but keeps it extremely light and soft, almost like a foulard. Besides it is one of the most environment-friendly tannings at all.
This special deer leather creation requires round about 300 steps of work by hand and takes 12 months.
The use of Codfish oil as a tanning agent creates a durable leather out of the perishable deer hide. After the excess oil is washed out in a sodium carbonate bath, the hides are air-dried for a few weeks. This process is repeated for several months, so that every single hide gets dried and tumbled multiple times. A real chamois leather needs to ripen, like a good whiskey. In the end the leather is dyed with natural colors out of log-, red- or yellowwood. The dye gets incorporated and brushed into one side of the leather by hand. Its yellow reverse side is kept untinged, as a mark of accurate work. Also the natural grain of the hide is intentionally preserved as a proof of authenticity and originality.
Leather is a living, breathing material and changes over time. Among the various kinds of patina our leathers develop, black deerskin is especially beautiful. It brings out a yellow shading that shines through the black dyeing in areas of heavy use. The natural patina, influenced by the natural yellow colouring of deerskin makes every bag a unique companion. It reflects what you live to see.