Steps Involved with Alligator Tanning

The alligator is touched by more than 20 pairs of hands on its journey from Marsh to Market. Each craftsman takes great care and pride in how the leather is worked. The steps below describe the many steps involved in creating the leather. This process takes several months from start to finish, but it is only one stage in a trade that involves hunters, farmers, graders, legislators, designers, manufacturers, importers, exporters, marketers, and retailers. The many stages, the great passion, and the time consuming processes help explain the high prices of genuine alligator products.

Skinning and Preservation

Pre-tanning Operations

Wet-finishing Operations

Dry-finishing Operations