7 February 2022

European industry body COTANCE and the Swedish Tannery Association have highlighted the use of leather in a Baroque castle between Stockholm and Uppsala as a good example of the material’s longevity, writes Leatherbiz.

Skokloster Castle/Erik Lernestål

In a newsletter at the start of February, COTANCE said consumers now have a responsibility to choose products that will last as long as possible, owing to shrinking resources and accumulating waste.

“Products that last longer help us to have a much lower environmental footprint because the environmental impact of their production is stretched over the duration of their use,” COTANCE added. “Longer-living products need materials that are reliable and age well.”

Its member organisation from Sweden was able to suggest wall-coverings at Skokloster Castle, built between 1654 and 1676, as a case in point. Gilt leather wall-hangings, commissioned for the state apartments in the popular tourist attraction, can still be admired after more than 350 years.

COTANCE explained that techniques for producing gilt leather wall-hangings began in North Africa and spread during the Late Medieval Period to Spain and the rest of Europe. It said the ones at Skokloster Castle represent a perfect example of leather’s longevity and sustainability.

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