Mankind & Sheepskin
A History of Humans and Sheepskin
Humans and sheepskin have enjoyed a longstanding relationship. From as early as 500 B.C., humans have utilised sheepskin for its naturally insulating properties. In China, a mummy was discovered wearing sheepskin boots – an indicator of sheepskin’s durability and a reason why people are continually attracted to sheepskin. Various cultures from different times and places have demonstrated similar uses for sheepskin, making the material a global phenomenon.
From China, to Greece, to Tibet, and even Alaska, communities have found various ways to craft sheepskin into garments. Early Tibetans would create sheepskin boots for dancing in ceremonies, while Inuit people would rub oil into sheepskin boots to waterproof them against cold and wet conditions. This approach has withstood the test of time, as many snow boots today are still made from sheepskin.
With the introduction of a few Spanish sheep in Australia, British settlers began what would become a long and prosperous sheepskin industry. Woollen garments were worn by Australian drovers and jackaroos, keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. The insulating properties of sheepskin rendered it ideal for every climate that the settlers endured.
Today, in this modern era, sheepskin continues to be a loved and desired natural fibre, making it a classically stylish home décor accent and furnishing piece. From Cushions, floor rugs, bed runners, and throws are just some of the many sheepskin products that are created for styling and enhancing any room in the home as they deliver comfort, warmth and contemporary charm. The long history of humans using sheepskin suggests that the relationship will continue far into the future. And given the beauty and practicality of the material, surely you too would want to enjoy a similar longstanding connection with this natural product.