Ostrich Leather and Skin



Leather can be successfully coloured in any desired colour to produce much-sought-after products like ostrich handbags, wallets, jackets, belts etc. The noticeable characteristic of ostrich leather are the quill sockets over large areas of their skin, especially that of the back and belly.

Artificial ostrich leather lacks the follicle holes and the imitation “buds” are too rigid to be lifted.

The optimal ostrich skin is that of a mature bird of 14-16 month which has an average skin surface area of 1.2dm² and has varying thicknesses of skin, so a special tanning process is needed to produce the much-sought-after leather. The body skin can be regarded as typically bird skin, while the skin on their legs still retains certain reptilian characteristics that resemble the crocodile.


Ostriches can endure high summer temperatures without experiencing any discomfort. They have no sweat glands to regulate their body temperature, so on very hot days, they are seen standing in the wind, moving their wings slowly backwards and forwards to cool their featherless thighs and sides.  


There are a few different ways to recognise whether your leather products are real or fake. Animals have pores on their skin, just like humans. You will know if your leather product is real when you see that the pores aren’t perfectly distributed and there may be a few blemishes. With fake leather products, the pores follow a set pattern and are too free of blemishes.The genuine leather smell can be easily faked nowadays however, genuine reconstituted leather (bits of leather left over from a project, used to make something else) is the easiest to identify by smelling it, because fake leather will often smell like glue or plastic.