The history of
goes back to antiquity. The ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks all had various methods for tanning. One of the earliest written accounts of tanning is found in Homer's The Illiad. (circa 800 BC)
"The ox hide, which is soaked in fat, is pulled to and fro by men standing in a circle, thus stretching the skin and causing the fat to penetrate into the pores."
Naturally the modern incarnation of hide tanning is...