Cowhide Leather Vs. Other Leather

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Cowhide is the most commonly used leather in the world; likely your shoes, your auto interior, your luggage and your belt are all manufactured of cowhide. It is the "utility leather."

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Size

  • A key advantage of cowhide is its sheer size; while goat skin and calf skin are soft and warm to the touch, they are impractical for upholstery or car interiors, which require larger pieces.

Tooling

  • Cowhide does not have the texture of, for example, elephant, lizard, or alligator skin, but it readily takes stamps and textures, and so it can be manufactured to look like any of those, at a lower cost.

Clothing

Durability

  • Cowhide is naturally thicker, and tanned to retain a tighter collagen matrix, than other leathers. Hence, it is better suited to durable items, like shoes, saddle bags and luggage.

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