Our ancestors were clothed in skins, every garment meticulously tanned and customized. Their clothing was silent when they moved, windproof and breathable, soft like a shammy, and naturally camouflaged to their environment. Processing animals is hard and sometimes risky work but the rewards are incredibly gratifying. Preserving animal hides that would rot on the road or otherwise be discarded is a great way to honor the animal’s life. The hides you tan, if properly cared for, can last generations.