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Differences Between Cowhides and Sheepskins

We know there's a lot of types of leather but today we are going to tell you the differences between cowhides and sheepskins leathers. So, whenever you are undecided about which one to use for your current project then read this and choose the better one for it.

About Cowhide

  • Cowhide leather or Cow skin leather is rugged and durable but can be broken in.
  • It is thicker, stronger and less likely to tear or rip than another kind of leather.
  • Cowhide is easy to care for and resistant to water and dirt.
This makes cowhide a good choice for purses, bags, boots and outerwear. Over time, cowhide will conform to the shape of the wearer’s body so the more you wear it, the more comfortable it becomes. As a byproduct of the beef industry, it is also available in many pre-dyed colors and at affordable prices. This is also an excellent leather for home furnishings because of the heavy use you would expect couches, cushions, and chairs to receive.

About Sheepskin + A Fun Fact

  • Sheepskin is more supple, softer and also weighs less than Cowhides, which is why some people find it much more comfortable for garments because of these traits.
  • Lambskin is stretchier and more flexible and is sought after for gloves. These gloves allow the wearer to feel and grip things through the leather.
  • Fun fact: The Indiana Jones leather jacket was crafted from lambskin because the actor Harrison Ford did not want to wear a heavy jacket every day on the set.
Lambskin also insulates well and is good for any item that needs to provide warmth in the winter. The stretch of this leather makes it an excellent material for wallets, purses, skirts, jackets, and gloves. Lambskin garments like pants are much more comfortable to wear than their cowskin counterparts but a perfect fit is essential because the leather will stretch out over time creating sagging clothes. Lambskin is not as resistant to damage as cowskin so time must be taken to protect and store garments properly as well as remove anything that could stain it immediately.