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As we look back upon the records of history, we can see that animal hide was used in various different cultures and cizilizations as far back as 1300 B.C (Before Christ). This historical evidence shows us that the Egyptians had already started using leather at this time. Leather was used by primitive societies in Asia, Europe, North America and Africa too. Each of these more primitive societies had its own unique method of producing leather products from animal hide. A few societies even used animal hide to fabricate containers for keeping wine.
The Greek's made use of leather in their fabrications of garments around 1200 B.C, which was during the time of Homeric Heroes. Leather this was also adopted by the Romans, who used leather in the fabrication of a leather shirt, used as protective armour for their soldiers.
The first use of tanning in leather started with the Hebrews, who kept it a secret which was passed down the generations. However as the European civilizations began to trade during the Middle Ages, tanners from across the continent began coming together and comparing methods. The practice of leather tanning then became an official skill, where people could apply for licences to practice the art. Large improvements were made in the tanning process during the 19th century, with extracts from bark and vegetables being used to replace other methods such as chrome tanning (which used chemicals to tan the leather). A large proportion of modern tanned leather now uses chrome tanning, however with the western trend to a greener lifestyle there are increases in vegetable tanning seen in the UK and USA production processes.