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Hide preparation

To prepare the land mammal hides for clothing, the hide had to be processed. After the animal had been skinned, the remaining flesh would be scraped off. Then the hide would be soaked to loosen the hair so that it could be removed. To ensure softness and flexibility, an oily paste prepared from brain and fat would be worked into the hide. The hide would then be soaked, dried, and stretched on a frame. To further soften it, the hide would be vigorously rubbed. Finally, it would be smoked. Working the hides was generally done by the women. The display shown above shows the tools used in processing the hides.

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