What is considered a defect in Ostrich Leather?

Aug 1st 2019

What is considered a defect in Ostrich Leather?

What might be considered a defect in Ostrich Leather?

Is it normal that the surface is irregular and has scratches? What defects are acceptable for the realization of luxury products?

Ostrich leather can be classified into four types. How is the distinction made and what are the key factors?

First of all, the skin is divided into four sections, after which each of them is carefully examined. If there is no visible damage, it means that this part of the skin is of high-grade; if there are two or three signs, it is second grade and so on. As a rule, the second choice is not suitable for high quality articles. 

Very often in the market of ostrich leather many skins of second grade or even lower are offered. They have defects, such as holes, irregular dyeing and thickness, and so on.

A true professional is able to remove damaged areas and use the rest. Work around the imperfection. This can be a good solution if you need to produce many articles using the same skin. 

High-grade leather may also have imperfections such as scars, wrinkles or scratches sustained in life.

Obviously the articles without them have a more delicate and elegant look.

Nevertheless, in some cases small imperfections can become a distinctive element of the product, as well as proof that the skin used is true ostrich leather. It also depends on the preferences of the person cutting the leather, who is free to decide whether to hide, highlight or remove the imperfect parts of the skin.