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Leather: cuir bouilli
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The term cuir bouilli literally means boiled leather but there is some debate over how it was made. It was usually made from thick leather, possibly vegetable tanned leather. It was probably made by soaking the leather in cold water until saturated. The pliable leather was then moulded into shape using formers of a range of materials including wood, metal or plaster. The surface of the leather could be decorated while it was still wet and a range of techniques were used, including cutting and in…

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Maria Hayward, “Leather: cuir bouilli”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_420>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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