Originally, ostrich leather was used in some African cultures for clothing, shoes, and other items. The thick and durable ostrich hides provided protection against the elements and were well-suited for nomadic lifestyles.
Over time, ostrich leather became a coveted material in the fashion and luxury industry. It is used in the production of high-quality bags, wallets, belts, shoes, and other accessories. Due to its unique grain structure, ostrich leather imparts an elegant and exotic touch to these products.
Ostrich farming has developed into an established industry to meet the demand for ostrich leather. Countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and the United States operate ostrich farms to produce premium leather.
Ostriches weigh about 150 kg and grow to 2.5 m. The meat and eggs are used as food, the skin is used for leather (including the legs) and the feathers and the egg shell are used to manufacture all kinds of objects. The bird is originally from Africa. There are other birds, from which leather is made. The Nandu from South America or the Emu from Australia. Ostriches and emus are also found in other countries.
Ostrich feathers and ostrich eggs can be used in many different ways.
Ostrich meat is very dark and tastes better than it looks. The look is reminiscent of soup meat.
Ostrich leather is generally processed as smooth leather and is characterized by its softness, as well as a pimpled grain pattern caused by feather growth. Since the nubs are not distributed all over the skin, more cutting waste must be taken into account, to preserve symmetry. Also, ostrich leg can be processed to leather.
Ostrich leather tannery in Iran (ostrichasia.com).
The skin of the bird and the skin of the legs and feet is processed into leather.
Ostrich leather has a characteristic surface. In the area of the nubs, caused by the feathers.
Ostrich leather goods
Ostrich leather vests: left from the young ostrich, right of an older animal (www.wildfangdesign.de).
Mercedes watch strap made of ostrich leather. - More watch straps made of ostrich leather.
Armchair made of ostrich leather.
Very nice: baby ostrich leather on a bicycle saddle.
Bugatti Type 46 Coupé Superprofilée. Seats covered with genuine ostrich leather.
The skin of the ostrich legs is also made into leather, with and without a claw.
Embossed ostrich leather look on leather or imitation leather
Ostrich leather is a specialty and is offered at a rather high price. Therefore, cowhide leather is sometimes embossed with an ostrich look or imitation leather is given an ostrich leather surface to make it look valuable and exotic.
Feather opening from genuine ostrich leather. - Hair pores do not exist.
The Nandu from South America is also processed to leather.
Nandu claw as knife handle from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Watch strap from Nandu leather.
Other exotic leather
- Alligator leather
- Alpaca fur
- Antelope leather
- Armadillo leather
- Bird leather
- Bull testicles
- Caiman leather
- Camel leather
- Carpincho leather
- Cat fur
- Chicken leather
- Crocodile leather
- Dog leather
- Donkey leather
- Elephant leather
- Fish leather: Eel, shark, salmon, moray eel, stingray and many others
- Frog leather - Toad leather
- Giraffe leather
- Hippo Leather
- Horsehide - Horse leather
- Kangaroo leather
- Llama Fur
- Lizard leather
- Pangolin leather
- Peccary leather
- Rumen leather
- Sealskin leather
- Turtle skin
- Walrus leather
- Yak leather
- Zebra hide