LEATHER TALK

Leather is a very beautiful, unique material that designers work with. Knowing what type of leather they use can help you make informed choices about selecting the design and style to serve the bag’s purpose.

Leather is very simply the core of an animal skin that has been chemically treated to preserve its natural qualities and cured in order to prevent decay. It is rendered pliable by using fats, oils, tannic acid, and an assortment of other chemical agents. Leather is essentially a by-product of the meat industry. There is a vast array of tanning methods and materials, and the choice primarily depends on the raw material and properties required in the finished leather.

Python skin dyed in bright blue: one of the most exotic reptile leathers in the market

Leather is sold by the skin: each one is unique, and its size depends on which animal the skin has been taken from.

TYPES OF HIDES AND SKINS

DOMESTIC MAMMALS

Common (Domestic)Common (Calf, Cattle, Sheep, Goat & Kid)

Less common (Pig, Horse, Buffalo)

SPECIALIST LEATHERS

 Reptiles (Alligator, Crocodile, Snake, Lizards)

 Amphibians (Frog, Toad)

Other mammals (Kangaroo, Deer, Elk/Moose, Peccary, Seal, Antelope)

 Birds (Chicken, Ostrich, Emu)

 Fish (Eel, Wolffish, Nile Perch, Cod, Salmon, Stingray)