MOSTRA PRINCIPE (Main Exhibition): “TANNERS. Heirs of a major art”.
CONSORZIO VERA PELLE ITALIANA CONCIATA AL VEGETALE
The “Mostra Principe” at this 28th edition is entitled “TANNERS. Heirs of a major art”. Set up in the Ballroom of the Palazzo Corsini, it is dedicated to the CONSORZIO VERA PELLE ITALIANA CONCIATA AL VEGETALE (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium) which, founded in 1994 by a small group of Tuscan tanners, today brings together 20 tanneries, producers of vegetable-tanned leather, operating in the provinces of Florence and Pisa, the only area in the world recognized for this particular type of high-quality processing which is deeply-rooted in Tuscan tradition.
Visitors to ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO will be able to learn the secrets of an ancient processing technique that, now as then, uses only wood extracts (Chestnut, Quebracho, Tara and Mimosa) in the slow vegetable tanning process that transforms rawhide into leather.
In Tuscany, vegetable tanning is a prodigious process, an alchemy of ingredients entrusted to the skilled hands of the tanners, who carefully blend natural tannins extracted from trees, the good local water and the passage of time, their greatest ally. It is a process that requires patience and experience, helped by technology while respecting tradition. The result is a natural leather that never goes out of fashion, aimed at those looking for high quality and a style that becomes personalized over time.
The CONSORZIO VERA PELLE ITALIANA CONCIATA AL VEGETALE is a non-profit organization that works to protect this centuries-old tradition, conserve a typically Tuscan product, guarantee the quality of the raw materials and superior workmanship and promote a processing method that has always accompanied man throughout history and looks to the future.
It carries out a multitude of activities: scientific studies and historical research, exhibitions, conferences, technical seminars, practical workshops and training projects for young designers and students of fashion and design schools.
Over time, the Consortium has worked to build a product culture orchestrated in events that have linked craftsmanship to art in evocative settings such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York or the Centre Pompidou in Paris, helping to affirm the prestige of Made in Tuscany.
The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium is the exclusive owner of the Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana brand.