What were people already doing around the invention of the wheel? Leatherwork. That’s what. Last month, the New York Times ran this article in which they detail the discovery of a 5,500-year-old leather shoe.
the shoe, made of cowhide and tanned with oil from a plant or vegetable, is about 5,500 years old, older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, scientists say.
Granted, I’m not making shoes yet, but some guy in a pre-society used his skills as a craftsman and cobbled up this shoe out of veg-tanned cow hide, which is exactly what I make goods out of. You’ve got to admit – that’s cool!
Previously, the oldest known leather shoe belonged to Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy found 19 years ago in the Alps near the Italian-Austrian border. His shoes, about 300 years younger than the Armenian shoe, had bearskin soles, deerskin panels, tree-bark netting and grass socks.
Bearskin soles? Deerskin panels? Tree-bark netting? Grass socks? Those Italian designers and their wacky footwear materials! Nothing has changed in the last 5,000-years.
she [Diana Zardaryan] said. “But when I took it out, I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s a shoe.’ To find a shoe has always been my dream.”
This is not the first time I’ve heard of a woman saying such a thing. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Jennifer say similar things. Maybe the wording was slightly different. Usually it’s in a slightly different context anyway. It still really isn’t any less of a treasure hunt. 😛
Anyway, this just tempts me even more to try my hand at making shoes. There’s a lot of 2011 left to go. We shall see what happens.