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  1. Characteristics of Shetland wool

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    March 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Shetland wool is the harvested and treated wool grown by sheep of the same name. This tiny landrace creature has …
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  2. The Story of Camel Hair by S. Stroock & Co.

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    February 17, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    The Story of Camel Hair is a short and useful guide to the wonders of camel hair. First published by┬áS. …
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  3. The Craft of Hand Block Printing

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    August 16, 2013 by Ville Raivio


  4. How to Identify Quality Leather

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    July 25, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    This thread is where it’s at: hide parts and their qualities, signs of quality leather on finished shoes, glossary of …
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  5. Sea Island Cotton Characteristics

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    June 29, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Cotton is everywhere. Nearly 25 million tonnes of raw cotton fabric is grown annually, with six countries holding the production …
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  6. Characteristics of Russian Reindeer Leather from 1786

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    May 19, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The following info leaflet is attached to G.J. Cleverley’s leather goods made from the elusive Russian reindeer leather sourced from …
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  7. Bridle Leather Characteristics

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    April 24, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Bridle leather is tanned cowhide treated with a special finish, and named after its historical use in riding bridles. The …
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  8. Kangaroo Leather Characteristics

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    April 21, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Kangaroo leather is, if not the hardiest, among the most hard-wearing leathers available. Unlike cow and calf leather, the most …
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  9. John Lobb’s Museum Calf

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    March 27, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Those in the know have seen and often fallen in love with John Lobb’s (Paris) museum calf. This supple leather, …
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  10. Peccary Leather Characteristics

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    March 13, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Peccaries are medium-sized mammals belonging to the New World pigs family. The creatures range from 90 to 130 centimetres in …
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