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Exotic leather

Hides from around 50 animal species are used to make leather. Most of these are waste products from the food industry, i.e. from animals that we eat or keep for their wool or milk. These are mainly cattle, sheep, goats or pigs. Leather that comes from other animal species is often referred to as exotic leather.

In particular, leather from animal species that are protected by the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is referred to as exotic leather. However, the term exotic leather is also used for all leather from animal species that are relatively rare, or leather made from parts of the skin of animals that are rarely processed into leather. Exotic leathers are usually associated with the skin of crocodiles or snakes processed into leather. However, many fish leathers are also exotic.

What is the fascination of exotic leather?

The surface can feel beautiful or look interesting and valuable due to its different nature. Here are some examples of what can be described as exotic leather:

alligator leather

antelope leather

lizard leather

elephant leather

fish leather: eel, shark, ray, sturgeon, puffer fish, etc.

frog and toad leather

armadillo leather

kangaroo leather

caiman leather

crocodile leather

hippopotamus leather

seal leather

turtle leather

snake leather

ostrich leather

zebra skin

Care of exotic leather

Exotic leathers are mostly used for “eye-catching objects” and should have a certain longevity. The cleaning and care of exotic leathers depends not only on the animal species, but in particular on the production process, i.e. the tanning and finishing. A wide variety of leather types can be made from an animal hide. Cleaning and care should therefore always be adapted to the type of leather (pigmented, open-pored, waxed, etc.)

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