Hide Tanning Services

Chelsi has been in business for years, providing a complete tanning service for all types of hides.

We offer reasonably priced services for cow hide, buffalo hide, horse hide, goat hide, and all other types of hides, providing you with a choice of either hair-on tanning or leather tanning.

In any tanning process, the final outcome depends largely on the initial condition of the hide. Despite some very nice results with hides that started in terrible shape, Chelsi cannot guarantee the outcome for poorly fleshed or preserved skins. Nevertheless, we do the best we can with every hide!

Tanning Process

  1. Curing
  2. Soaking and Liming
  3. Fleshing
  4. Splitting
  5. Chrome Tanning
  6. Sammying
  7. Shaving
  8. Retanning
  9. Setting out
  10. Toggling
  11. Crust Sorting and Grading


  1. Removal
  2. To remove the hide, use a sharp knife only to start and finish the job. Use your hands to pry and pull the hide off. Leave the tallow on the hide to help keep the skin soft.

  3. Curing
  4. Lay hide down flesh side up in a cool dry place. Spread 3-5 lbs. of table salt on the flesh side. Let sit for 3-4 days until a crust forms and noticeable weeping stops. Do not freeze. If frozen, thaw and salt.

  5. Packing
  6. Fold sides toward center and roll up hair side out, keeping salt on the hide. Do not use plastic bags. Lack of air circulation can cause rot. If you have stretched and dried the hide, gently roll it into a loose cylinder to avoid cracking.

  7. Contact
  8. Inform us at contact@chelsileather.com to confirm our service.

Leather Finishing Services

Chelsi has modern machinery. We can roller coat, spray, hydraulically emboss, plate, and a lot more. For our finish we use environmentally-friendly products, all of course being water-based.

Experts in fulfilling customers' leather requirements, the finishing process starts by creating the correct colour dye. This is machine-sprayed, roller coated or printed onto the leather. By building up various layers of finish, the required result is achieved. Specifications relating to looks, elasticity, lustre and bond are pre-determined and incorporated into the dye recipe. Inspections are completed throughout the production process to obtain the optimal end result.

We are highly flexible and can provide our clients a wide selection of colors, prints, and finishes to meet every client's needs.


Unlike many finished leather suppliers who offer a limited selection of colors, Chelsi meets your project's requirements by exactly matching your color. We can match to any piece of original leather, vinyl, paint, carpet, fabric, picture, wall covering or metal sample, including all Pantone colors. To ensure your satisfaction, we will provide you with a leather swatch colored, matched to your sample, for your approval.


Leather embossing/printing is a process in which pressure is used in leather to stretch and hold an imprint as a way of altering or correcting the surface. While embossing can add a decorative touch, it can also be used to disguise marks or scars in the leather.

The embossing process will vary depending on the material or type of leather, as well as the design or pattern that is used. In Chelsi, we ensure that embossments in your leather is correctly done and we guarantee a beautiful, professional-looking finish.

Embossments and prints are usually applied to leather with simple texture such as cow, carabao (buffalo), and goat. We provide over 30 embossing plates of grain textures and patterns for our clients to choose from. From traditional cowhide textures, we also offer exotic and specialty grain patterns designed to look just like their original counterparts.

For a list of our embossed patterns and swatches, please click here.

Finishing (topcoat)

We offer a wide variety of traditional and specialty finishes used to protect and preserve the color after dyeing and imparts a soft, lustrous patina. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Matte
  • Metallic
  • Semi-glossy
  • High-glossy
  • Two-toned
  • Tipping

In addition, we offer the following improvements for your leather:

  • Washable
  • Water Proof
  • Fire Resistant
  • Scented