. Through the centuries, the techniques of leather extraction and preparation improved, but leather maintained its position as an important component of clothing...
Man must have discovered clothing from observation. He did not have a thick skin, thick hair or fur, and was thus more exposed to the elements. He must have emulated the animals, and we surmise man’s first clothing must have been the hide of an animal, with its fur or hair intact for extra warmth. Through the centuries, the techniques of leather extraction and preparation improved, but leather maintained its position as an important component of clothing. Leather was also the basis of much of ancient and medieval technology.
Leather clothing had many advantages. It was tough and strong, and so could be used as protection against friction and weapons. It was a bad conductor of heat and so could provide warmth in colder climes. The various types and preparations of leather provided with an endless assortment of leather clothing and accessories, addressing all occasions, age groups and sexes. Although, with the development of alternative material and the evolution of animal rights and hygiene, the use of leather as a material for clothing has come down, its use goes on unabated for certain categories of products and clothing accessories, and proxy leather are used for much of mainstream clothing. Leather jackets remains the most popular clothing, while leather trousers, leather coats, as well as accessories like boots and shoes, bags and belts are constantly being made.
The animal rights movement has raised consciousness against needless torture of animals and their extinction. This has resulted in huge anxiety for the leather industry. Government policies concerning hygiene and environment have given a further blow. However, the charm and utility of leather continues unabated, and users keep relishing in the touch and feel of leather. This section of the directory guides you to many leather clothing resources, including false leather.