Velum 

One of the first materials used to record the Quran was velum, a type is paper made from leather.

 
As part of our series on the history of paper we visited a leather scraping and treatment workshop and then a tannery.

The children learned about scraping the hides with traditional tools.  

 
They visited an ancient workshop. 
  
They softened the leather.

 
They visited a tannery where the leather is treated and coloured.

  
It was very exciting to learn about this process and we look forward to more projects to do with leather working and other traditional arts.  

Please send us your projects and ideas to help children learn about the rich cultural history of Islam.  

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