A job to dye for

A tannery worker laying out dyed cattle skins for drying between railway tracks in Kolkata, India, yesterday. Cow skins are later treated with chemicals to make leather goods, while buffalo skins are used in machinery. Hundreds of small, family-owned
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A tannery worker laying out dyed cattle skins for drying between railway tracks in Kolkata, India, yesterday.

Cow skins are later treated with chemicals to make leather goods, while buffalo skins are used in machinery.

Hundreds of small, family-owned leather tanneries are packed into Kolkata's residential districts. Many of the tanneries operating across India have been declared illegal because of the pollution they generate.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2016, with the headline 'A job to dye for'. Print Edition | Subscribe