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Leather Technology

Leather Technology is a branch of engineering which deals with synthesis, production and refining of leather so that it can be put into efficient use. It also deals with the synthesis of artificial leather and its efficient use to make commercial goods. It is comparatively a new branch which is gaining importance in industrial sector. Leather Technology Courses in recent times have emerged as a lucrative career option. Until a few years ago, those who happened to be in the industry were there through experience rather than through any formal training. But now, in India, scores of institutes are offering certificate as well as diploma courses in designing as well as in production, adding a much needed professionalism to this industry.

Leather technologists can get jobs in chemical and engineering industries involved in the manufacturing of items such as bags, foot wears, suitcases, upholstery, footballs and cricket balls, car and aircraft seats, hydraulic seals, gaskets, fashion industry etc.



  • Courses in leather designing are offered at various levels of study. The eligibility criteria differ from the kind of course one wants to opt for. 
  • For pursuing B.Sc and in Leather designing/technology, a student must clear class 10+2 or equivalent with PCM. To get admission in B.Tech/B.E in Leather Technology one must clear JEE for entry into IITs/ NITs and other government as well as private institutes.
  • B.Tech is required for pursuing M.Tech in leather technology.
  • There are also diploma and certificate courses. These courses would further enhance the job prospects -in the fast-developing leather as well as fashion technology industry.



  • Theory of Leather Supplements and Synthetics
  • Analytical Chemistry Of Leather
  • Chemistry and Technology of Leather Manufacture
  • Computer Applications in Leather Technology
  • Fashion Styling And Computer Aided Design Of Leather Product
  • Science and Technology of leather Auxiliaries
  • Theory and Mechanism of Inorganic Tannages
  • Footwear Technology
  • Principles of Material Testings
  • Principles of Unit Opertaions and processes in Leather Manufacture



India is a leading exporter of leather and leather products and numerous export houses employ technical and non-technical persons. Leather technologists with their ideas and dexterity to convert ideas in form can bag attractive jobs in leather companies. As new multinationals are coming to India, the leather industry is poised to become a hi-tech industry and those who are qualified in leather technology would get preference over rest.

Job prospects are quite attractive for those who have excellent designing skills combined with mental ability and artistic finesse. Moreover, creativity with uniqueness adds value to the skills of the leather designer and he can reach out to clients with such skills. Coming up with fresh ideas, concepts and designs are some key characteristics required in a leather designer.



  • Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology, Kolkata
  • Government Polytechnic, Mumbai
  • MIT Art, Design and Technology University
  • Lovely Professional University etc.