Definition of Cowhide Leather
A cowhide is the natural and unbleached hair and skin of a cow that’s treated to form leather.
Cowhide leather is by far the most common leather type, contributing close to 70% of the entire hide production across the globe.
It’s normally one of the cheapest leather because of its simple and inexpensive production process.
The key features of cowhide leather include:
- Thickness ranging from 3–5 oz.
- Soft firmness
- Tanned mainly through chrome-tanning
- Size ranging from 40–60 sq. feet
- Multiple finishing that can be printed, embossed, or aniline
Most cowhide leather is tanned without hair on it. But it's still possible to process the cowhide into leather with hair/fur on it, as shown below.
The fur on the leather can also be dyed, then a pattern lasered on it and printed, giving the leather a unique look.
Example of Cowhide Leather in a Sentence
"That handle grip is made from soft cowhide leather and comes in brown, black, or white."
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