In ancient history, tanning was considered a noxious trade and relegated to the outskirts of town, amongst the poor. The ancients used leather for water skins, bags, harnesses, boats, armor, quivers, scabbards, boots, and sandals. Around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began using leather, affixed by copper studs, on chariot wheels. Tanners would take an animal skin and soak it in water. Subsequently they would pound and scour the skin to eliminate flesh and fat. Once the hair was removed, tanners would bate the material by thumping dung into the skin or soaking the skin in a solution of animal brains. They’d also take cedar oil, alum, or tannin and stretch the skin as it lost wetness and consumed the tanning agent. Leftover leather would be turned into adhesive. Tanners would place bits of hides in a vat of water and allow them to deteriorate for months. The mixture would then be placed over a fire to boil off the water to produce hide adhesive.
My Private Narrative
I was not born into a nudist family and consequently http://x-pot.com was taught that one shouldn’t go around without their clothes on. Being naked in front of others was acceptable just in certain situations (Doctor’s office, locker rooms, school showers, or other places where altering clothes was adequate) and just for the brief time it was mandatory. One just did not walk around naked in mixed company.
As a child I went to a summer camp which was run by my Father and once a week we’d “Scrub”. Ordinarily we wore out bathing suits when we swam in the lake, but on “Scrub Day” we took soap to the lake and left our suits in the cottages. As this is the only way we could really wash, and since it was an all boys’ camp, the mandatory nudity was acceptable. Because I CAn’t swim I did not enjoy going to the lake at all. As far as I was concerned being being naked with the other lads wasn’t the difficulty being at the lake was.