Fun Facts About Leather
- The average consumer is wearing four leather products at any given time
This may include a pair of shoes, a belt or wallet, or even a the strap on a wristwatch.
- Leather is a renewal and natural resource.
If leather was not produced, synthetic alternatives created from non-renewal resources would be needed to replace it. How is that for a fun fact?
- Cowhide is the most used skin in the production of leather products.
This is probably due to the ease of its care, especially when given a protective finish or waterproofing. Cowhide also tends to be the thickest leather, ranging between 1-ounce and 12-ounce varieties.
- The first leather shoe made with a shoelace and holes was invented in 1790.
Even though leather footwear had been produced for thousands of years, the first shoelace was produced in 1790. Want another fun fact? The first shoes assigned to left and right feet were invented in 1818.
- Top grain leather does not mean top quality.
Those who are unfamiliar with facts about leather might be confused by the term top grain. Top grain generally refers to leather that is not totally genuine, while full grain is considered to be the most genuine of all leather.
- Leather can be made from the skin of an alligator, deer, or ostrich.
Many more exotic animals are used to produce leather. For instance, one of the most durable leathers the world has seen comes from Thailand and it is made from stingrays.
- Golf balls were once made from leather stuffed with feathers.
Dating back to the early 19th century, wooden golf balls were replaced with leather. Those newer leather balls were stuffed with enough feathers to fill an entire top hat!
- White leather is the most difficult to produce.
A poor quality hide exposed to white dye is likely to feel stiff, and it may even crack. Only the best quality hides will accept white dye without any noticeable change in texture.
- Handmade leather mugs were once popular in England.
Back in the 16th century, the English knew a lot of fun facts about leather. For example, they used to bring their own handmade leather mugs to enjoy a pint at a local pub.
- Leather was once used as a very stylish wallpaper.
In the 17th century, it was considered very fashionable to have your home wallpapered with leather in Florence and Venice, Italy.