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did tanners use dog poo in the process around 1900 s

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did tanners use dog poo in the process around 1900 s
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Yes tanners used dung from dogs. Skin or hides usually got to the tannery really stiff and dirty. To clean and soften it, they would soak the skin in water and then get any remaining meat off of it. Then they removed the hairs and after that, they would pound dog dung and sometimes pigeon dung. It was mixed into a large vat with water and then kneaded into the skin.

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