Tawyer, white

A craftsman who prepared and dressed leather without recourse to tannin - hence the use of 'white'. Instead of tannin, he would use a mixture of alum and salt. The result was a pale or white, soft leather. -
Cf. Taw

Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. .

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