• Short Summary

    FURRIERS IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES BUY ALL THE ZEBRA SKINS THEY CAN GET FROM SOUTH AFRICA.

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    FURRIERS IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES BUY ALL THE ZEBRA SKINS THEY CAN GET FROM SOUTH AFRICA.MOST OF THE ZEBRA SKINS FROM THIS COUNTRY ARE TANNED IN A ROUGH WAREHOUSE CLOSE TO A MINE DUMP OUTSIDE JOHANNESBURG.

    HERE AN EFFERVESCENT LITTLE ITALIAN HANDLES A VERITABLE ZOO OF SKINS, CONVERTING THEM INTO SOFT, HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER HIDES READY FOR THE FURRIER, THE HANDBAG MAKER AND THE CURIO SHOP.

    MARIO LICENZIATO IS A CRAFTSMAN WHO HAS BEEN TANNING SKINS NEARLY ALL HIS LIFE.HE RUSHED ROUND HIS CORRUGATED-IRON TANNERY, PULLING PYTHON SKINS FROM WOODEN VATS, SUPERVISING THE SCRAPING OF THE SCALES FROM CROCODILE SKINS AND SHOWING HIS BLACK-DYED OSTRICH PELTS.

    MR.LICENZIATO HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA, WHERE HE HAD TANNERIES, AND CAME TO SOUTH AFRICA SIX YEARS AGO.SKINS HE HAS ALREADY TANNED INCLUDE OSTRICH, ZEBRA, LION, LEOPARD, CHEETAH, IMPALA, KUDU, CROCODILE, SNAKES, WILD CATS, SPRINGBOX AND MANY MORE.

    HIS MAIN SUPPLY IS SOUTH WEST AFRICA, AND HIS CROCODILE SKINS COME FROM LOURENCO MARQUES.FARMERS, HUNTERS AND CURIO SHOPS BRING HIM SKINS TO BE TANNED.

    THE TANNING PROCESS TAKES FROM THREE WEEKS TO A MONTH.SKINS HAVE TO BE TREATED FIRST WITH A SUBSTANCE TO KILL GERMS WHICH MAY CAUSE THE SKIN TO ROT.THEY ARE THEN SOAKED IN WATER.

    ANY REMAINING TRACES OF FLESH AND FAT ARE REMOVED BEFORE THE SKIN IS PLACED IN A TANNING SALT SOLUTION IN A HUGE ROTATING WOODEN DRUM.THE SKINS ROTATE IN THE DRUMS FOR UP TO 24 HOURS BEFORE THEY ARE REMOVED.A SPECIAL EMULSION OIL IS THEN WORKED INTO THE SKIN.

    THE SKIN IS LEFT OVERNIGHT IN A SLIGHTLY DAMP SAWDUST SO THAT IT ABSORBS A LITTLE MOISTURE.IT IS FINALLY SOFTENED BY BEING PLACED IN A DRY ROTATING DRUM, SO THAT THE ACTION OF EACH SKIN FALLING AGAINST THE OTHER SOFTENS IT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBUXFUTXIG0BR615W06OXEXKQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBUXFUTXIG0BR615W06OXEXKQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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