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Leather has been used to make clothing, shelter, carpets and even decorative attire and ornaments since prehistoric times. In ancient Egypt, a fur piece was highly prized as a ladies jewellery piece. From leather, man has made footwear, belts and clothing, storage containers for liquids, boats and even armour. The principle protective armour of a Roman soldier was a heavy leather shirt.
In recorded history, pieces of leather dating from 1300 B.C. have been found in Egypt. Primitive societies in Europe, Asia and North America all developed the technique of turning skins into leather goods independently of one another.
Greeks were using leather garments in the age of the Homeric heroes ( about 1200 B.C. ), and the use of leather later spread throughout the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, the Chinese knew the art of making leather, the Indians of North America also had developed great skills in leather work before the coming of the white man. The art of tanning leather using the bark of trees probably originated in the Middle East. In primitive societies, the art was a closely guarded secret passed down from father to son.
As civilisation developed in Europe, tanners and leather workers united in the trade guilds of the Middle Ages, as did the craftsmen in other fields. Royal charters or licenses were issued permitting people to practice leather tanning. During the nineteenth century, vegetable tanning, i.e., tanning using the extracts from the bark of certain kinds of trees, was supplemented by chrome tanning. This process uses chemicals and today accounts for about eighty percent of the tanning methods used today.
The colour may run, however it will not harm you or your pet in any way.
It is recommended to avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil. These products contain ingredients that may damage leather. Rogue Royalty Leather products are sealed and professional finished to help prevent moisture and preserve the inner fibres of the leather. Our All Natural Leather Balm Protects, Preserves and Prolongs all leather and is unique in that it has an inbuilt natural substances that help repel bacteria. It is highly recommended to help maintain your leather products.
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