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A tree, Anogeissus latifolia, native to India. The dhawa tree produces a gummy exudation called Ghatti gum that is very similar to Gum arabic. The leaves of the dhawa tree yield 30-50% tannins that produce soft, light color leather with a firm texture.

Synonyms and Related Terms

country sumac; Indian sumac; ghatti gum; Anogeissus latifolia

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982