Processed animal hides suitable as rough clothing (Elijah’s girdle, 2Kgs 1:8; John the Baptist’s girdle, Matt 3:4; Mark 1:6) or as fine accoutrements (the shoes of (Ezek 16:10) were of the material). Leather was also employed in covering the tabernacle (Exod 25:5). Although the variety of animal hides usable was large, preparation involved scraping the hair and flesh from the material, then treating it for durability, flexibility, and even watertightness.
8They answered him, “A hairy man, with a leather belt around his waist.” He said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”
4Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
6Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
10I clothed you with embroidered cloth and with sandals of fine leather; I bound you in fine linen and covered you with rich fabric.
5tanned rams' skins, fine leather, acacia wood,