Electroplating leather.

Vegetable-tanning uses tannins from tree-barks, mainly oak and spruce.

A humble and timetaking process, the resulting leather is—a living being. It ages with time, deepens in color
as it reacts with light, softens with water and dries stiff. In an experiment to fuse metalworking and leathercraft
techniques, the collection took shape.

Photography by Sambit Biswas.

Photography by Tarishi Gupta.


Leather is porous and does not allow the flow of electricity through it. The process of electroplating requires conductivity for electrolysis to occur. To prepare the vegetable-tanned leather, it was first sealed and then selecitvely painted with copper in the parts where the metal deposit was desired. It was then set in the electrolyte solution for about twenty hours. The ability of veg-tan leather to be wet-moulded helped in the electroplating process. The copper precisely imitated the pores and folds of the leather underneath.