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This article is about an older version of DF.

Skin is a tissue layer common to most creatures. Different types of creatures have different types of skin.

  • Most mundane creatures have raw hide, which displays in-game as skin. This is the only type that can be tanned into leather.
  • Insectoids creatures have Chitin.
  • Reptilian creatures and fish generally have Scales.

Skins are stored in a refuse stockpile (both fresh and rotten).

Skin uses

Skins can be tanned. Tanning a skin yields 1 tanned hide. Scales, Chitin, or Feathers cannot be tanned. The process of tanning raw hides is done at the Tanner's shop. It requires a dwarf with the Tanning labor enabled.


Leather is used to make low-grade armor and clothing. Leather is also used to make bags, quivers, backpacks, waterskins, clothing, shields, armor, crafts and decorations. The process of making and using leather is part of the Meat industry, rather than Clothing industry.

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