An accurate evidence to human creativity and resourcefulness, leather has unquestionably landed a crucial part in the development of society. From ancient people to the modern day, leather has been a permanent feature of nearly every age of style and vogue.
The advantage of exploiting dried animal hides were first discovered in prehistoric times when early man began to make use of early forms of leather for clothing and shelter against harmful conditions. The earliest recorded leather rarity crafted by primitive societies date back to 1300 BC. Humans started appreciating not only the animal’s meat but also its furry skin. Early nations throughout the planet started to manufacture their own skills to tenderize and preserve their animal hide by-products using processes normally passed down by hierarchy and generations, such as smoke and animal grease. However, it is thought that the art of vegetable tanning or drying as we know it today was originally learned by early Hebrew settlers.
Crafting of sandals and early footwears was first acknowledged by the Greeks. These men used leathers for the footwears and other garments as well. The extensiveness of leather production then started to escalate to Egypt, where it was admired and endeared by Pharaohs and Royalties, and then after to Rome where it was mainly used by foot warriors to create protective over-shirts and armories.
As cultures became increasingly more revolutionary and matured, so did the scale of modeling and the undertaking used to make leather. As upheaval grows, trained tanners and leather craftsmen started to form advanced trade unions during the Middle Ages in order to retain possession of tools and control of the supply of components. It was not until the 19th century that a replacement practice to vegetable tanning was formulated. Chrome tanning involves using chemicals which streamline the fabricating process so that many of the early steps needed for traditional vegetable tanning are eliminated. This present day, 80-90% of tanning worldwide involves the use of chromium.