Reindeer suede is an exclusive material with unique qualities. It is soft and lightweight but when neccessary, reindeer suede doesn’t hesitate to show it its Finnish side: persistency and durability.
Reindeer pelts are sold every Autumn by paliskuntas, reindeer pastoralistic districts. There is 56 paliskuntas in the Finnish Lapland, each of them administrating the local reindeer industries. The price can vary annually depending on supply and demand.
There are approximately 200 000 reindeer in Finland. Reindeer are semi-domesticated animals that are let freely graze regardless of land ownership. The reindeer husbandry area in Lapland in Northern Finland covers about 36% of the whole of Finland.
Reindeer husbandry is a traditional livelihood for Sami people and has enabled people to live above the Arctic Circle since hundreds of years. Reindeer are herder for meat, milk and pelts.
This product’s reindeer suede has been chrome-tanned at Ahlskog leather factory.
AHLSKOG LEATHER TANNERY
Located in a town of Kruunupyy on the Gulf of Bothnia, Ahlskog leather tannery has almost 100 years of experience in producing sheep leather. Since 1920s they have attracted some of the world-famous fashion houses like Gucci and Prada as customers.
Ahlskog’s secret is not only its high-quality leather but also strict guidelines over environmental issues. According to the European Union’s best available techniques, producing 1 ton of leather shouldn’t consume more than 25 tons of water. With this in mind, Ahlskog has managed to lower water consumption to 12 tons of water per 1 ton of leather.
Other substances used in tanning process: calk, sulfur-natrium, grease remover TFL’s Borron DNC, salt, sulfuric acid, formic acid, colour (Sella Cool Black), synthetic grease.