About Rawhide

Rawhide? Isn’t that the title of a TV show or a song or something? Well, yes, that’s true but it’s so much more than that.

Most folks know and wear leather which is tanned animal skin.Rawhide is untanned animal skin. Like leather,rawhide has been used by many cultures for centuries. The Plains Indians used rawhide to make Parfleche bags which were typically used to carry dried meats and pemmican. Saddle makers use rawhide as part of the under structure of  a horse saddle. If you ever visit Wyoming, let’s say on your way to Yellowstone, take a side trip to Kings Saddlery in Sheridan WY where you can see examples of both of these things. They have a wonderful museum, an onsite leather artisan, a rope making factory and a great gift shop ( look for the walking stick made out of a very interesting Bison part. Just remember, nothing is wasted!)

The Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (which are currently housed in the National Archives ) were all written on parchment, another form of rawhide.

Parfleche bag

Parfleche bag

 

 

Rawhide is strong and durable but softens when wet ( that’s why we tell our customers not to take a shower in their jewelry! Who does that anyways?) It has been used to make the head of drums by many cultures.   rawhide drum from Red Moon Designs

The history of rawhide is varied and interesting but you can be apart of rawhide’s future when you purchase Rawhide Studio’s jewelry made from natural rawhide. High quality, handmade jewelry starting at $19! Mosey over to Rawhide Studio to make your selections and you’ll be “Ahead of the Herd in Jewelry Design”!

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