The diary of a tanner

The diary of a tanner

Psarraki-Belesioti Niki
Athens2003,
48 p., 25 illus.
ISBN 960-244-079-1
€ 6.36

The story recounts the daily life and difficult working conditions of tanners in the form of a diary, which gives an account of how the animal hides are collected and the various phases of their processing with the aid of waterpower. The narrative records all the stages leading to the final pieces of leather, ready to be marketed. The detailed text and parallel photographic documentation offer a clear picture of a profession that no longer exists, mainly due to the industrialization of leather processing.