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Jun 2015

Caveman DIY Part 2: The Vegetable Tanning Chronicles

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The Vegetable Tanning Chronicles
When you find yourself needing a large bolt of fabric to make a shawl or a coat, you visit a fabric shop and have a veritable smorgasbord of colours, patterns and finishes to choose from; but our ancestors weren’t so lucky. When “primitive” man found himself in need of a large piece of fabric from which to fashion clothes, containers and the like he really only had the one option: a hide.

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Caveman DIY: How “primitive” leather was treated

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Caveman DIY: How “primitive” leather was treated
Since Prometheus saw fit to grace the earth with his gift, man has been making use of animal skins not only to clothe himself; but also to store food and drink, swaddle babies and build shelter. Leather, which particularly in the modern era has proven itself infinitely useful and diverse, was once a staple fabric, produced by hand by the same hunter or clan who had hunted the animal for its meat.

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