Tudanca is a middle-sized cattle breed, formerly used in inner Cantabria as work animals in the field, but after the mechanization of agriculture, the breed was listed as protected domestic animal, since it is, like other primitive cattle breeds, facing extinction because its low economical production rate. The efforts of many breeders and the lately recognized quality of its superb meat and cowhide have stopped declining and livestock grows back.
The main idea of this project is to create an authentic product with local identity and contemporary design. Currently, Tudancas meat has a market on its own, with its origin clearly marked. The intention is to develop an (if possible eco) tanned cowhide, ethically sourced from food industry, to take advantage of this market niche.
Tudanca cowhide is the natural, unbleached skin and hair. It retains the original coloring of the animal, which gives identity to this cattle.
The entrepreneur, a young industrial designer, is creating her own startup. In order to manufacture the handcrafted products (carpets, puffs, bags, accesories...), she previously needs to send the raw material directly from the slaughterhouse to the only tanner she found working with this special product in Spain.
To ensure sufficient production capacity, the company wishes to identify some additional tanneries to cooperate with under manufacturing agreements. The company is primarily, but not exclusively, seeking partners in the UK, France and Portugal.