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An oil-in-water emulsion used to introduce oil into hides during the tanning process. The oil, such as castor, coconut, neats-foot, or cod, is worked into the fibers to provide good cohesion. Fatliquoring a leather also adds softness, flexibility, and water repellency.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tannery grease

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
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org