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A currier is a specialist in the leather-processing trade. After the tanning process, the currier[1] applies techniques of dressing, finishing and colouring to a tanned hide to make it strong, flexible and waterproof.[2] The leather is stretched and burnished to produce a uniform thickness and suppleness, and dyeing and other chemical finishes give the leather its desired colour.

After currying, the leather is then ready to pass to the fashioning trades such as saddlery, bridlery, shoemaking or glovemaking.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • Russia leather, a historically important oiled leather, curried with a birch oil that gave it a distinctive scent.


  1. ^ The Curriers' Company
  2. ^ Julia de Fontenelle (Jean-Sébastien-Eugène, M.); Malepeyre, François (1852). Morfit, Campbell (ed.). The Arts of Tanning, Currying, and Leather Dressing: Theoretically Considered in All Their Details. Philadelphia: H.C. Baird. Retrieved 13 November 2023.