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TAWED SKIN

The skin of an animal is cleaned, scraped and de-haired and then soaked in a series of chemical solutions which contain aluminium salts, proteins and other compounds. During the tawing process, the protein molecules in the skin become more durable and resistant to microbiological attack. Alum-tawed skin is very light in color, approaching white.
 
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AUTHORS: PAUL HEPWORTH AND KARIN SCHEPER