A worker removes sheets of leather skin from dying drums. The leather is immersed in pigment solutions and then rotated for some hours to ensure maximum and consistent color adbsorption. the skins can then be drum dyed, to set a color or finish. The drum dying process involves putting the skins in giant drums along with various chemicals and dyes. A typical skin may go through 4-5 different 40 mintue cycles of dying with different chemicals for a 6 hour total process. Some special finishes can take up to 12 hours of drum dying.Photo: Asim Rafiqui | NOOR

SOMO is part of the Together for Decent leather,  a three-year programme carried out by a European-Asian consortium of seven civil society organisations, cofunded by the European Union.
Our goal is to improve working conditions and to reduce labour rights abuses, focusing on leather product production hubs in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
See more information on the programme website

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