Tanning is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather. A tannery is the term for a place where the skins are processed. Tanning leather involves a process which permanently alters the protein structure of skin.

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Leather played an important role in the development of civilization.From prehistoric times man has used the skins of animals for his basic needs. He has used hides to make clothing, shelter, carpets and even decorative attire. Now that there is a rise in the standard of living, there is a demand for soft, supple, colorful leather.