The use of leather goes back to the prehistoric times; leather was then used for clothing, shelter, carpets and some decorative clothing. It is stated in history that use of leather being made is dated back to the 1200 B.C. By the founding of leather man would make and use leather for footwear, belts, and containers to hold liquids, more clothing, as well as their boats and even to make their armor for roman soldiers. The heavy leather shirts worn by the roman soldiers helped protect them while they were in battle. Leather was found being used also in most primitive societies in areas such as Europe, Asia and North America. Greeks would use leather for garments. In the middle ages the Chinese started making leather then the Indians in North America had discovered the great use of leather. It was by accident the man had discovered the method of using smoke, grease and bark extracts to tan and preserve animal skins to make leather. Since then leather has been since passed down century after century for the leather that you know today.
We use leather for a lot of thing today. To be exact we use genuine leather thirteen different ways. We have used genuine leather to bind our books, coats, raincoats, pants, skirts and jackets. We have also use genuine leather for our couches and the saddles that we use on our horses before going for horseback ride. You have seen this leather even being used in wallets. It has also been used for gloves, watches and belts. Also in sports equipment such as baseball gloves and foot balls, women today have leather purses and bags. It has also been used cases for our phones and eyeglass cases as well as holsters to use for pocket knives, guns and arrows. It is common in handmade leather shoes, boots and slippers. The making of handmade leather shoes was a unique art that was taught by experience cobblers back in the 1600’s. Leather has been used in our society for many different thing and many different reasons. We will probably continue to use leather for many years to come because it is so reliable and extremely difficult to break or ware down. We have also invented a way to preserve and protect our leather shoes, wallets, belts and bags from water and sun so that we can keep our leather products in the best condition.