1H NMR study and multivariate data analysis of reindeer skin tanning methods

Lizheng Zhu, Andrew J. Ilott, Eleonora Del Federico, Cindie Kehlet, Torunn Klokkernes, Alexej Jerschow

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Reindeer skin clothing has been an essential component in the lives of indigenous people of the arctic and sub-arctic regions, keeping them warm during harsh winters. However, the skin processing technology, which often conveys the history and tradition of the indigenous group, has not been well documented. In this study, NMR spectra and relaxation behaviors of reindeer skin samples treated with a variety of vegetable tannin extracts, oils and fatty substances are studied and compared. With the assistance of principal component analysis (PCA), one can recognize patterns and identify groupings of differently treated samples. These methods could be important aids in efforts to conserve museum leather artifacts with unknown treatment methods and in the analysis of reindeer skin tanning processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • 1H NMR
  • cultural heritage
  • leather
  • principal component analysis
  • tanning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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