Curing Sheepskin

Curing a Leicester Longwool skin, for my ongoing project You Can Lead a Horse To Water, that explores minimise agricultural by-products.


Being of little value, only 0.045% of sheepskins are tanned each year, the rest are burned or buried.
For sheep farmers, the loss in the value of wool has left them with little alternative but to increase their flock for meat production, meaning that land can often suffer from overgrazing.


The revival of the wool industry/ diversifying has an essential role to play in a sustainable farming future.


To me, it seems bizarre that we have selectively bred sheep for their wool since 6000 B.C.E, for it now to become a waste product. 



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