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Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« on: July 18, 2021, 18:16:33 »
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Re: Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 15:29:47 »
I found it interesting also.
Thanks !
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Re: Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2021, 21:09:25 »
Very interesting. My car has MB Tex, but I wonder if the leather seat covers made by Gahh and Gat and Heritage are veg dyed ?

jz
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Re: Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2021, 05:45:07 »
Very interesting. My car has MB Tex, but I wonder if the leather seat covers made by Gahh and Gat and Heritage are veg dyed ?

jz

Their standard offerings are not Veggie dyed however you can request "Old Timer" which is veggie dyed. Significantly more expensive.
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Re: Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2021, 07:17:12 »
You learn something new every day! Thanks for posting.

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Re: Why Vegetable-Tanned Leather Is So Expensive
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2021, 10:24:36 »
I know the terminology is confusing but the original leather was vegetable tanned and surface dyed.  Most current offerings are chrome tanned and vat dyed. Original leather will look like natural leather on the back side where the new stuff has the color all the way through.
Rick Bogart
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