>> More Leather Types
When you look for leather types, you will hear two main terms,
“Leather Hide” and “Leather Skin”. The
difference is that hide comes from large animals and skin comes
from small animals, generally weighing 15 pounds or less. Listed
below are the various leather types you can buy.
Types Of Animals Leather Comes From
* Buckskin -This leather type is from deer
and elk. The leather is soft, pliable, and naturally resistant
to water. Although this type of leather is known to have blemishes,
it is ideal for outdoor wear such as gloves and moccasins.
* Buffalo - You'll find this leather type to
be soft yet heavy. It is stronger than cowhide and features a
nice grain pattern. Much of the newer motorcycle apparel is now
being made from water buffalo as it is less expensive than cowhide.
* Calfskin - This leather type comes from young
cattle and is smooth and lightweight. The grain is fine, it wears
a long time, and is available in a number of colors. Calfskin
has a natural luster, making it perfect for jackets, pants, vests,
and so on.
* Cowhide - This also comes from cattle but
is heavier and the most commonly used. Cowhide is very durable
and strong. Additionally, many people like this leather since
it can breathe, making it ideal for shoes, purses, and other accessories.
* Goatskin - Many leather shoes and boots have
goatskin for the uppers and linings. You will also find goatskin
used for wallets, belts, and bookbindings. This leather type is
available in numerous colors and is a nice leather.
* Kangaroo - Yes, there is a Kangaroo leather
that is softer than cowhide and one of the strongest lightweight
leathers available. The texture is fine, making this a prestigious
option, used often in the fashion industry. In fact, international
soccer players typically wear soccer boots made from Kangaroo
* Lambskin - This leather type naturally comes
in a number of finishes since the skins from different origins
look different. Very lightweight with a nice, tight grain makes
this a favorite of many people.
* Ostrich - This leather type is the most commonly
used of all bird skins. You can tell ostrich leather easily by
the unique bumps on the skin. When buying genuine ostrich, expect
to pay a hefty price.
* Pigskin - This type of leather is very inexpensive
yet tougher than cowhide. The dotted markings make the leather
unique and is primarily used for purses, luggage, gloves, and
other small personal items.
* Reptile - This includes leather that comes
from snakes, alligators, crocodiles, and turtles. This leather
type has the scales, which gives its look and texture its characteristics.
Depending on where you live, you will find that some reptile leathers
are protected by law as endangered species.
* Sharkskin - This leather type is made from
a specific species of shark and primarily used for making belts,
luggage, shoes, and fine leather goods. In most cases, you'll
have a choice of brown and white or black and white and will find
many of the pieces with small scales.
* Sheepskin - This leather type is from an older
lamb and heavier than lambskin although it is still soft and supple.
The only drawback is that while beautiful, it does not hold up
as well as cowhide and therefore used only for items not used
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