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Hemming (2)
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A hemming was a shoe made from untanned animal skin, specifically of hart hide. Its name derives from the germanic word for the skin of the hindlegs of a deer. The rawhide shoe is a type well-known in northern Europe. Made from a single piece of hide, it does not have a separate sole. At best it exploits the shape of the animal skin, so that the baggy skin from the heel part of the animal's leg becomes the toe of the shoe; a more primitive version can be created simply by wrapping a piece of raw hide round the foot and securing it with thongs. The footwear was sometimes made with the hair left on t…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Hemming (2)”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000877>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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