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Leather Technology Engineering

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Define/ what is Leather technology - deals variety of chemical processes in the preparation, treatment and finishing of leather. They use scientific and technical skills to make sure the leather production cycle runs efficiently and safely, and that finished products meet quality standards.

Understanding the reactions and processes occurring during leather manufacture involves a fascinating blend of the strict disciplines of the pure sciences with the practicalities of the continuous production of a material whose aesthetic appeal must be maintained, whilst creating its utilitarian properties.

The sciences which involved in leather technology are chemistry, physics, biochemistry and microbiology, combined with mechanical and chemical engineering, polymer sciences, statistics, computing and management.

Details of leather technology  

  • Leather has become part and parcel of modern accessories, in possession of almost all sections of people. Everybody uses leather in some form or the other and it is always in demand for fashion, sport and comfort.
  • The largest share of the industry is still footwear, despite growing competition from materials like synthetics and fabric. Besides footwear, Leatherwear constitutes a variety of products ranging from accessories like belts, luggage and bags, jackets, gloves, purses and caps to toys, upholstery, baggage, musical instruments, garment tags, gift items etc.
  • Leather processing - preparatory → tanning → crusting → surface coating
  • Preparatory - The preparatory stages are when the hide/skin is prepared for tanning. During the preparatory stages many of the unwanted raw skin components are removed
  • Tanning - Tanning is the process that converts the protein of the raw hide or skin into a stable material which will not putrefy and is suitable for a wide variety of end applications. The principal difference between raw hides and tanned hides is that raw hides dry out to form a hard inflexible material that can putrefy when re-wetted (wetted back), while tanned material dries out to a flexible form that does not become putrid when wetted back.
  • Crusting - Crusting is when the hide/skin is thinned, retanned and lubricated. Often a coloring operation is included in the crusting sub-process
  • Surface coating - some leathers a surface coating is applied
  • The information technology department of a large company would be responsible for storing information, prot ecting information, processing the information, transmitting the information as necessary, and later retrieving information as necessary.

Streams/Branches of leather Technology

Skill requirement for leather technology

  • Analysing ability, Active listening, reading comprehension, critical thinking, active learning, complex problem solving, Judgment and decision making,  operations analysis, time management

Career in leather technology

  • As a career option, one can take up either designing or may get into the technical side i.e production depending upon the interest and aptitude.
  • On the designing side, world over the designers have started using leather in their designs and accessories. On the other hand in production side after getting required qualification one can start working with leather manufacturing companies.
  • Footwear, leather garments, and leather products industries are the major sectors to seek employment.
  • One can obtain training in pattern making, cutting, designing, etc. and become a technical designer or update himself/herself on products in fashion and style to venture as a stylist designer.
  • Leather garment production houses and boutiques, too, are in need of such innovative professionals.

Followings are some of the employers in this field:

  • Arkay Leathers (P) Ltd , Butterfly Leathers, Iyagri Chamois,  KAR Group, Leather Crafts (India) P Ltd, Leather Hunte Pvt Ltd , M Bilal Husain and Co , Marson Leather House, Prag International  

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Courses

Under Graduate

  • B.E (Leather Technology)
  • B. Tech leather technology
  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) Leather Design
  • M.Sc. Footwear Technology

Postgraduate

  • M.E. Leather Technology
  • M. Tech Leather Technology

Diploma

  • Diploma in Footwear Designing and Production
  • Diploma in Footwear Technology (DFT)
  • Diploma in Leather Goods and Accessories Design (DLGAD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Footwear Technology

Certificate Course

  • Certificate Course in Footwear Design and Production
  • Computer Aided Shoe Designing
  • Certificate Course in Footwear Technology
  • Computer Aided Shoe Designing
  • Certificate Course in Shoe Designing and Pattern Cutting
  • Footwear Manufacturing Technology (FMT)
  • Shoe Production

 

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