Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Leather Industry Development Institute started the training of Artisans/MSME’s on Vegetable Tanning Techniques on April 11, 2022 in Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia. The Training aims at developing the Artisans/Traditional Tanners products to the quality front.
The training is planned based on the need assessment mission conducted and the identified gap during June 2019.
The 10 days training is being conducted by Mr. Harrison Mungai, Leather value chain Expert (ALLPI), a resource person from Ethiopia, Mr. Habtamu Shiferaw and Co-Trainer from Ethiopia Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) Mr Tarekegn Jida Lead researcher (Leather Technology) and facilitated by ALLPI Investment, Trade and Marketing expert Mrs. Birkinesh Gonfa.
The main Topics of the training and practical session are:
- Introduction to pre, peri and post-slaughter defects and their effect on hides and skins Quality (theory/ practical)
- Methods of flaying and their effect on hides and skins quality (theory)
- Sections of hides/skins (theory/practical)
- Preparation of raw material for processing (theory/practical)
- Various methods of hides and skins curing and preservation (theory/practical)
- Introduction to Beam- house operation: Sorting, selection, Soaking, liming, fleshing, deliming and bating (theory/practical)
- Introduction to Tanyard operation – pickling, tanning and fixization (theory practical)
- Vegetable tanning and acidification (Theory/practical)
- Production of hair-on leather (Theory/practical)
- Chrome tanning and Basification, (Theory/practical)
- Post tanning operations (mechanical – sammying, splitting and shaving Neutralization, Process retaining, dyeing, and fatliqouring (theory Practical)
- Methods of drying various type of leathers: Sam/set, vaccum dry, Air drying, paste and toggle drying etc (theory/practice)
- Preparation for leather finishing- Conditioning, staking, Toggling, Buffing, De-dusting and Impregnation and Methods of finish application (theory/practical)
- Embossing/ plating (various types of prints), lamination of leathers (theory)
- Introduction to batik dyeing (theory/practical)
- Occupational Health and Safety in workplace (theory/practical)
- Footwear leather specifications – various (theory/practical)
During the opening of the training the objective of the training and ALLPI’s vision and mission in addressing the LVC challenges was addressed by the training Facilitator Birkinesh Gonfa and the representative of the Administration Trade industry and marketing Development Bureau of Bahirdar City, Ethiopia.
The participant’s introduction and their expectations from this training were also sought during the opening session.
In this training, twenty-five Artisans/MSME’s, out of which three females, are participating and the above topics will be delivered in a participatory approach based on the consensus reached during the opening of the Training session.