Eel skin is an elegant and very thin skin that is not very strong. Eel skin leather may be durable, but if exposed to elements, it requires maintenance. Eel skin with horizontal pin-stripe patterns is soft, shiny, and smooth. Actually, this leather is produced from a slimy eel-like fish called the inshore hagfish, caught in the wild. Eel skin becomes softer and suppler with use and is used to make wallets and handbags.
Stingray or shagreen
With a siliceous layer on the surface, stingray or shagreen leather is very hard, making it as durable as hard plastic. Stingray leather has a wonderful look and feel, which is very strong. The leather scales of Stingray even protect against fire damage. To highlight the decoration, the leather is usually dyed black and covered with tiny round bumps dyed white. For clothes, furniture, wallets, belts, purses and briefcases, Stingray leather is used.
Due to the thorny nature of the natural habitats of the animal, Deer skin is one of the toughest leathers available. The high tensile strength of Deerskin leather is resistant to abrasion and offers high durability. Deerskin with a spongy feel is extremely soft and comfortable. It’s smooth, water-friendly, light weight, stretchy and fits well. Deerskin is more expensive to produce handbags, wallets and upholstery.
Lizard skin leather has a smooth and elegant texture and, being so flexible, is an extremely versatile exotic skin for bags, watch straps or wallets or shoes. Lizard skin has become a favourite for use in iPhone and other smart phone cases, especially in the European market. The hides tend to be between 0.4 and 0.6 mm thick, thinner than most other exotic skins. A silky feel and complex miniature tiles characterize the skin.
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