In ancient history, tanning was considered a noxious commerce and relegated to the outskirts of town, amongst the poor. The ancients used leather for water skins, bags, harnesses, boats, armor, quivers, scabbards, boots, and sandals. Around 2500 BC, the Sumerians started using leather, affixed by copper studs, on chariot wheels. Tanners would take an animal skin and soak it in water. Subsequently they would pound and scour the skin to eliminate flesh and fat.
Next, either they soaked the skin in urine to loosen hair fibers or they let the skin putrefy for several months, after which they dipped the skin in a salt solution. Following the hair fibers were loosened, the tanners would scrape them off with a knife. Once the hair was removed, tanners would bate the substance by thumping dung into the skin or soaking the skin in a solution of animal brains. They would also take cedar oil, alum, or tannin and stretch the skin as it lost moisture and absorbed the tanning agent. Leftover leather would be turned into glue. Tanners would place scraps of hides in a vat of water and let them deteriorate for months. The mixture would then be placed over a fire to boil off the water to create hide glue.
My Personal Story
I wasn’t produced into a nudist family and therefore I was taught that one shouldn’t go around without their clothes on. Being naked in front of others was acceptable only in specific situations (Doctor’s office, locker rooms, school showers, or other places where altering clothes was adequate) and just for the brief time it was required. One simply didn’t walk around naked in mixed company.
As a child I went to http://yzaxe.com which was run by my Dad and once a week we had “Scrub”. Ordinarily we wore out bathing suits when we swam in the lake, but on “Scrub Day” we took soap to the lake and left our suits in the cottages. As this is the only way we could really wash, and because it was an all boys’ camp, the mandatory nudity was acceptable. Because I CAn’t swim I didn’t like visiting the lake at all. As far as nudism family was concerned being being nude with the other lads was not the difficulty being at the lake was.