Leather is a material created through the
pelts and skins of animals. Leather was a very important
clothing material, and its other uses were
legion. Together with wood, leather formed the basis of much ancient
Leather with the fur still attached is simply called
Leather is decorated by
leather carving, leather stamping, leather embossing,
dying of leather or painting on leather.
Today, most leather is made of cow hides, but many exceptions exist.
Lamb and deer skin are used for soft leather in more expensive
The leather made from some more exotic skins has during different times
in history been considered very beautiful. For this reason certain
crocodiles have been hunted to near extinction.
In the 1990s, farming of
ostriches and emus for their meat became
popular. As a side product, ostrich leather became a fad for a while. Ostrich
leather has a characteristic "goose bump" look because of the
large follicles from which the feathers grew.
In Thailand, sting ray leather is used in wallets and belts in the same
way as regular cow leather. Sting ray leather is as tough and durable as
hard plastic, even a metal file cannot leave a scratch. The leather is often
dyed black and covered with tiny round bumps in the natural pattern of the
back ridge of an animal. These bumps are then usually dyed white to highlight
Leather fetishism is the name popularly used to describe a fetishistic
attraction to people wearing leather, or in certain cases, to the garments
A number of rock groups, particularly Heavy Metal groups such as the
Scorpions and Judas Priest are known for wearing leather clothing.
Ethical vegetarians and vegans avoid the use of leather for moral reasons.
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