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Lining Leather from Goat & Sheep Skins



  1. Product Description:- Lining leather is a low- quality type of leather used as lining material for shoes and other leather goods. Lining leather is generally made from defective skins of goats and sheep.
  2. Market Potential: Practically all goods made from leather have linings and these linings are also made from leather. Hence the demand for lining leather increases with the demand for leather goods especially leather shoes. The potential of the Amhara region with regard to the development of the leather industry is briefly stated in another project idea within the industry. In short, the region has the raw material base to develop leather based industries for the regional, national and international markets.
  3. Source of Raw Material: Goat and sheep skins are the raw materials for producing lining leather and these could be obtained within the region
  4. Process and Technology: Goat and sheep skins to be finished into lining leather are soaked in water containing one percent of Syndet or Idet 10. these are then washed and bleached in a solution containing required amount of oxalic acid, calagon and basyntan for half an hour washed with running water and hosed up to remove excess water. This is followed by retaining for two hours in drums containing water and about 15 gallon myroband hosing up the material for overnight. Excess of tanning matter is removed by washing and the material is fat liquored at about 450c. The fat solution is made from 31 percent Turkey red oil, one percent castor oil, two to four percent china clay and 150 percent water based on the weight of the material. The material is then rammed dried, raw dusted, staked, toggled, dried, buffed and softened in drum. Next is the seasoning of the skins.

Machinery required includes single width shaving machine, inclined bed blazing machine, wooden drums with agitator, setting machine, buffing machine, staking machine, spray equipment and other miscellaneous equipment and tools.

5.Estimated Investment: For a plant that will produce about 100m2   of finished lining leather, the investment requirement will be:

Ÿ  Building/ shade 300 m2 at Br 2000/m2 …………….. =Birr 600,000

Ÿ  Machinery       …………………………….…………=Birr 300,000

Ÿ  Working Capital ……………………………………..=Birr 150,000

                                                      Total………………….=Birr1,050,000

 6.Benefits: Similar to other resource based project ideas

 7.Location: Zonal capitals with the highest number of sheep and goats or with the largest consumption of mutton


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