White isn't white

Submitted by Brian on 8/16/01. ( troutntrophy@eoni.com ) 216.228.205.89

doing some african work for the first time against my own intentions. The zebra I just received isn't white like I had seen from the photos of the kill. Is it the tannery turning it brown and should I complain to them or do I have to bleach it back? Any info would be helpful.

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Many things wrong

This response submitted by Mark on 8/17/01. ( knoblochs@worldnet.att.net ) 12.86.0.136

Just a few thoughts here for you. You won't be able to really bleach it
because you may bleach the black out. We do sell a bleach called
Fur Bleach Soak XL that won't change the hair color unless a skin has
been left in for one to two weeks. It will make the colors brighter
whites whiter etc. 6 hours is all that it will take. The picture that
you probably saw was when it was first killed, When they dry it out
they have a tendency to use junky salt and when they dry it in the sun
it can get grease burned. So if your seeing a yellow it can be grease
burned, but also letting them sit for too long in the salt dry stage
befor tanning the grease can come out of the skin to damage the hair.
Another question that needs to be asked did you send it to the tannery?
What did it look like then ? was it not white. This needs to be known
before you blame the tannery. (meaning how did they receive it) Give
us all a little more info and we can help. since its brown was this
wet tanned, could it be oil? will it come out once you rehydrate it.


Mark


One more thought

This response submitted by CUR on 8/17/01. ( WILDART@prodigy.net ) 64.196.210.73

Zebra have "shadow" stripes between the dark stripes. I don't know why, but the shadow stripes sometimes appear more prominent after tanning. The stripes on zebras can vary considerably in both color and tone. I have several photos of zebras taken and the rugs from those animals. The stripes in the photos seem lighter than those in the rugs, but I believe it is due to light reflection, rather than a change made in the tanning process. I always mark my hides in the field to insure receipt of the original. I received the salted hides with my marks directly from Africa and on-shipped them to a tannery. The tanned hides looked the same as those I received in the crates shipped from the dark continent. I agree with what Mark said about the re-use of salt and the use of a lot of "pan" salt over there, but I haven't had any problems with dis-coloration of skin as a result of it. Without seeing your skin, I really can't say what the problem is.


Agreed

This response submitted by Mark on 8/20/01. ( Knoblochs@worldnet.att.net ) 12.86.1.50

I would have to agree, with the shadow strips. This is just natural.

Mark


And they are....

This response submitted by Lars on 8/22/01. ( judithmt@lewistown.net ) 206.127.86.22

more numerous and prominant on the rear. But, you need to find some video reference and see the colors that Zebra's come in. It's not always pure Black and white. If it is, it could possibly be a Grevy's or a Mountain varity, both of which can't be imported and you may be calling unwanted attention to yourself.


Not quite right

This response submitted by Brian on 8/29/01. ( troutntrophy@eoni.com ) 216.228.205.95

I took the hide to the person who shot it and the first thing he said was " That's not the color it was when I shot it!" I know what you guys are talking about as far as the shodow stripes( they are present in the hide) and grease burns,but the whites in this hide are as brown as the gazelle and springbuk that was sent with it. It was the expected whiter color on the bottom of the jaw and along the lower legs and belly. The mane is also the desired color. The tannery, who claims to do 90+ zebras a year, says it was just the color of the zebra. The photos of the kill show different. Just another reason I refuse to take african work--More headaches!


I dont agree

This response submitted by Sweety on 1/15/02. ( sweetylov2000@hotmail.com ) 194.238.50.15

Can you please answer to this question
'Why do Zebra's have thick and thin strips of black and white on them?'
And 'which one is coolest the black or the white and why?'
Thankyou.


I dont agree

This response submitted by Sweety on 1/15/02. ( sweetylov2000@hotmail.com ) 194.238.50.15

Can you please answer to this question
'Why do Zebra's have thick and thin strips of black and white on them?'
And 'which one is coolest the black or the white and why?'
Thankyou.


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