What Is the History of Leather?


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Leather making is one of the oldest human activities, and dates all the way back to the hunter/gatherer days.There was no such thing as a needle and cloth to sew clothes, so they used the skins of the animals they killed for food.

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In addition to clothing, the first people also used the skins to make tents and blankets. In the beginning, the skins became stiff at low temperatures while they rotted at higher temperatures. In time, people learned that rubbing animal fat on the skins helped them last longer, and made them stronger and more flexible. it wasn't long after that when they discovered the rotting process could be skipped by drying the skins, either in the sun or by using salt. The skill of working with leather developed in time and spread to many other cultures.

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