Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Braintanning Deer Hides

My husband has been busy this week scraping, soaking, and drying deer hides. These are actually hides from last fall that have been preserved until now. I can't wait until I have my full braintanned outfit.

If you've never seen this process or never felt the incredible end product you would be amazed. It's unbelievable to watch this bloody hairy hide turn into to some of the softest more durable fabric ever made - all with the help of bacteria, hard labor and you guessed it, brains.

What's even more amazing to me is that our ancestors figured out this complicated multi-step process all around the world.

Having braintanned clothing is one of our next steps in taking responsibility for our impact on the earth. 100% natural, local, and sustainable - these clothes shine in comparison with clothing shipped from overseas, made in sweatshops with deplorable conditions with fabrics grown with a multitude of pesticides. Plus, they are absolutely beautiful. I'll be sure to model my clothes as they become available.


plantainpatch said...

Wow, I so admire you for walking the walk. I look forward to seeing the resulting fabric and you modeling your clothes. You sew also?

Rosalee de la Foret said...

thanks, :). We don't entirely walk the walk yet, but we are setting goals and moving toward them. I do sew. I took sewing classes when I was in 5th grade and have been making my clothes ever since. Way more usable than those piano lessons I suffered through. :)

plantainpatch said...

I'm jealous.;)I am learning to sew very slowly. I took shop in school so I am better with a table saw.

Thank you for posting about your journey!

Rosalee de la Foret said...

In that case I am jealous!