Leather Goods Manufacturing & Repairs 2, May/June 2014  
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Question 1


  1. Define Leathercraft.
  2. Explain any four of the following:
  3. fat liquoring;
  4. staking;
  5. unhairing;
  6. snuffing;
  7. bating


This question was quite popular among candidates most of whom performed below average. The question required the candidates to define Leathercraft and explain some concepts in preparation of leather. Most of the candidates mistook leathercraft for leather and gave a poor explanation of some concepts in leather preparation. This prevented them from obtaining the maximum mark.
The candidates were expected to provide the following answers to score higher marks.

(a)        -           It is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art, using shaping                         or colouring techniques.
            -           It is the art of combining leather with other materials such as fabric, wood, beads,                          gourd, e.t.c to produce decorative or useful articles using various techniques                                   such as carving, braiding, weaving, sewing, e.t.c. 
(b)(i)    It is a method of applying chemically treated oil and fat to leather fibre in order to achieve softness.
(ii)        It is a process of softening conditioned pelt either manually or mechanically by pulling      and rolling in order make it pliable.
(iii)       It is the removal of hairs and other epidermal structures from a soaked hide orskin using sodium sulphide and lime or enzymes.
(iv)       It is the abrading of the grain surface of leather in order to remove blemishes.

(v)        It is the treatment of declaimed pelt with enzyme preparations in order to make the grain of          the leather smoother and clearer




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