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Apart from cattle which animals' skins are most used to make leather? Is the process tha same for all animal skins?

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high1971 answers:

croccodile or aligator


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jacquesdor answers:

Pigs. Deer. I donĀ“t know if the same process is used for everything, but it has to be, at least, similar.


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Messerwisser answers:

Practically all types of skins from mammals can be used. Even from fish.
The treatment is basically the same.


Supplement from 01/27/2009 06:39am:

Not to forget snakes and lizards.


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blacksmith81 answers:

Horses, although this leather is typically found in France and parts of Belgium. It's favoured by Motorcycle GP riders, for it's light weight and durability.

In many ways, Horse Leather is similar to Kangaroo Leather, although not as dry, that's gaining popularity for Motorcycle clothing. Kangaroo Leather was principally used 'Hair-on' for making replica Koala Bear stuffed toys, popular during the 1960's, as the fur is softer than real Koala fur (which is like wire).

Other animals used for leather include Deer and Goats (especially the Chamois). These produce a very soft leather favoured for clothing, usually for women and children.

Bison Leather, was extensively used by Indigenous North Americans for home building, as this leather has a waxy feel, rendering it waterproof.


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wumpus answers:

I'd imagine it varies by country.

For Australia, kangaroo leather is quite popular.
So are sheep.


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