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What do you call a piece of leather?

Meat67Meat67 Registered User
edited July 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm helping a friend of my wife with some translating into English. Unfortunately it's about a topic I know very little about, leather. I did a little research and it seems that a piece of leather is called a hide even if it's finished. She thinks that means more just the raw leather before processing. She knows way more about leather than I do, but English is not her first language. So if you were a person buying high end dyed and processed leather reading a pamphlet from a leather wholesaler what would you expect, "Our leather is carefully hand dyed one hide at a time." or something else?

I'd really appreciate an answer from someone who might actually buy wholesale leather or has some actual first hand knowledge, but anyone who knows more about leather than this longtime vegetarian is certainly welcome to give advice.

Capitalism is savagery -Hugo Chavez
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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Your name is ironic.

    Rawhide is considered unfinished leather (untanned). Generally you say it's a finished hide, but hide is common for both finished and unfinished.

    I would assume you'd say "Our leather is carefully hand dyed, individually, one hide at a time."

  • Meat67Meat67 Registered User
    Yes, my name is ironic. A friend thought it would be funny to call a vegetarian Meat. I thought it was funny too so I kept it.

    Thanks, bowen for your help.

    Capitalism is savagery -Hugo Chavez
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