Production of leather vessels from the indigenous Ghanaian leather

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August, 2015
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Anecdotal evidence and further report from leather experts shows that there is close to no enlightenment of the production of leather vessels in Ghanaian leather industries. Therefore the study was conducted as a result of the need to add leather as a supplementary material to the traditional materials such as clay, metal, wood and half-gourd used for producing vessels in Ghana. The purpose of the study was to find out how Ghanaian indigenous leather could be used in the production of leather vessels. The qualitative study employed three key techniques, namely: “cuir bouilli” leather hardening methods, the sand pounding technique, and assemblage and construction technique. Based on the results, the baking and hot wax methods adversely affected the indigenous leather positively in the hardening of the leather. The results also show that using only one part of the leather (the back, belly or butt) affected the quality of the leather vessels, but incorporating the various parts of the hide helped improve the quality and durability of the leather vessels. The implications of the results and future research directions are also presented.
A Thesis submitted to School of Graduate Studies,Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy in Integrated Art (Leather Technology).