By Susanna Harris, Andre J. Veldmeijer

This pioneering quantity brings jointly experts from modern craft and and from archaeology to check either the cloth homes and the cultural dimensions of leather-based. the typical prevalence of animal pores and skin items via time, even if vegetable tanned leather-based, parchment, vellum, fat-cured skins or rawhide attest to its enduring versatility, application and desirability. as a rule grouped jointly as ‘leather’, the flexibility of those fabrics is striking: they are often tender and supple like a fabric, enterprise and inflexible like a basket, or demanding and watertight like a pot or gourd. This quantity demanding situations an easy utilitarian or useful method of leather-based; in a global of technological and fabric offerings, leather-based is appropriated based on its suitability on many degrees. In addressing the query Why leather-based? authors of this quantity current new views at the fabric and cultural dimensions of leather-based. Their wide-ranging examine comprises the microscopic exam of pores and skin constitution and its effect on behaviour, experiments on medieval cuir bouilli armour, the guild secrets and techniques in the back of the leather-based elements of nineteenth-century business equipment, new examine on old Egyptian chariot leather-based, the connection among wine and wineskins, and the making of latest leather-based wall covering.

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