- Oct 31, 2007
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A discussion recently came up (and it often does) on the apparent gradual disappearance of revered manufacturers that use traditional techniques to make their goods. In this case, the industry was leather tanning: there are fewer and fewer tanneries that use traditional techniques, and that they are folding under pressure from low-cost manufacturers in the East. On the flip-side, many luxury goods markets have seen a strong revival starting especially in the early Nineties, due to increased demand for luxury goods as folks worldwide have gotten wealthier (mechanical watches are one example). This revived interest has helped to resurrect the crafts in question, providing continuity, and even improvements on traditional techniques. In the thread linked to above, I argued that this trend was likely to show up in the leather industry as well. However, I don't know anything about the leather industry and would be interested in your thoughts on this industry, and in general.