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10 Random Objects That Were Actually Made Out of Human Skin

Updated 30 Oct 2019 127.2k views10 items

Humans are miraculous beings, capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Turns out that we’re also capable of becoming anything, as well. Ed Gein is the most popular craftsman who found practical uses of human skin, but human leather has been used for centuries, for myriad of objects ranging from clothing to literature. Today, the legality of things made of human skin is kind of up in the air. You can’t sell something you’ve made from flayed human skin, but if you own a historical relic it’s cool... probably.

Most of the wish-washiness of the human skin issue seems to stem from the overt ickiness of the subject, but the many uses for human skin throughout history are fascinating if you detach yourself from the fact that the product you’re enjoying used to be walking around with its own hopes and dreams.

At least half the items made from human skin in this macabre collection must be seen specifically from a historical viewpoint. There are beautiful items from ancient Africa and modern Japan, and look nothing like you’ve ever seen. And you’re wearing the secret ingredient! Then there are those items peeled from a human body in such a sheer state of agony it’s hard to think about anyone owning them. Keep reading for a fascinating look into all the ways you can use human skin. 

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