How Can You Tell the Difference between Real Ostrich Leather and Fake Ostrich Leather?

Posted by Administrator on 12/29/2012 to Leather Craft
How Can You Tell the Difference between Ostrich and Ostrich Print Leather?

brown ostrich leatherOstrich leather is considered to be one of the exotic leathers, putting it in the same category as alligator, snakeskin, stingray, crocodile and other types of specialty leathers. Ostrich leather has some unique properties that make it very desirable, but it can also be very expensive. To capitalize on the desire element of ostrich leather but with a cheaper alternative, some tanneries produce what is called ostrich print leather. Ostrich print leather gives you a similar look at a greatly reduced price. But how can you tell the difference between ostrich and ostrich print leather? You need to be able to tell the difference to make sure you are getting what you paid for when you purchase leather goods made from expensive, ostrich leather. We will answer that question and a few others on this page.

Why Is Ostrich Leather so Desirable?

Ostrich leather is desirable because it is not only beautiful, it is also durable and supple and rare. Many people regard ostrich leather as the finest quality leather in the world. It is one of the toughest and most pliable skins available, making it great for boots, wallets, belts, handbags and many other items. Ostrich skin has a lot of natural oils that help it resist cracking and becoming stiff. For a lot of people, the unique look of ostrich leather makes it desirable but the fact that it is so durable while also feeling so soft and supple, make it a top choice material for high-end products.

What Is Ostrich Print Leather?

Many people like the look of ostrich leather, so to achieve a similar look at a greatly reduced price, a pattern is printed (embossed) on leather using a heavy rolling plate during the tanning process to achieve the desired �ostrich� look. Ostrich leather is very expensive so a look-a-like ostrich print that gives you a similar look will be printed on a less expensive type of leather like cow hides or lamb skins giving the unsuspecting owner the look of ostrich at a much reduced price.

How to Tell the Difference between True Ostrich Leather and Ostrich Print Leather

ostrich leather diagramOstrich leather has a very unique look and no other material even looks similar. One of the things that gives it its unique look is the raised points on the hide. The raised points or bumps are the spots where the feathers were growing out of the skin. The quill bumps form a diamond shaped crown on the ostrich skin, covering about one to two thirds of the entire skin. This quill pattern usually recedes and the quill marks get noticeably smaller as the skin of the ostrich approaches the neck or stomach area of the bird. The stomach area is usually mostly free of quill marks though, like stray human hairs, an occasional quill might be spotted. The crown of the skin is the most desirable portion of the skin but because the crown only represents about one third of the entire skin, it is where the biggest concentration of full quills are located. Since the most desirable area is from the crown where the quill marks are the largest many fake ostrich leathers only emboss large quill marks on their leathers, if you see a product that has smaller marks or randomly sized quill marks, it is likely to be real ostrich leather.  Products made solely of full quill ostrich leather are quite a bit more expensive and usually only reserved for the ultimate luxury leather items.

Ostrich print leather, as mentioned earlier, is simply a cheaper leather with an ostrich print stamped onto it using an embossing process during the tanning of the leather. An easy way to tell the difference between true ostrich leather and ostrich print, is to simply run your hand along the leather. You will be able to feel the bumps in the ostrich skin. The bumps are pretty significant and many times there is a small pore at the top of the bumps where the feathers grew. This type of texture is very difficult to replicate with a machine or an embossing stamp, so this is a very good way to tell the difference. Also, with an embossed ostrich print you can see the uniformity in the quill bumps. In real ostrich leather each quill mark is quite unique and this natural tendency is not possible to replicate with an embossing stamp.

Another way to tell the difference is to look for a repeating quill pattern. Because ostrich print leather is a pattern that is stamped onto a cheaper piece of leather, you may be able to find where the pattern repeats and this would be an indication that it is not a true piece of ostrich leather. If you are in a store looking at an item made from ostrich leather, check the other products from the same brand and see if you see similar quill patterns. If you do, you might be looking at fake ostrich leather.

If you shop the biggest known leather brands such as Hermes, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or Bottega Veneta and others you can be confident that they are using real ostrich leathers. However, if you are shopping unknown brands be sure to use the information in our post to check your leather item to see if in fact it Is real ostrich leather. You don�t want to be paying premium prices for something that is not the real thing.

We only use real ostrich leather in our exotic leather products. Our leathers all come from animals farmed for food and while there are many who still oppose using leathers from animals under any circumstance, we believe that using leathers from animals initially farmed for food is a good middle ground compromise.

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michael
Date: 6/8/2014
Hello. Please send me prices leather. I agree Michael
amir hossein nasiri
Date: 8/26/2014
Dear Sir, It is hereby noted that Armangar Zayabde Rood Co. is working in ostrich raising and interested in expanding its industry to other countries. So if you are also willing, we can work with each other on ostrich skin. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Faithfully yours, Dr. Amir Hossein Nasiri Manager
mahnaz mokhtari
Date: 7/17/2015
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mahnaz mokhtari
Date: 7/17/2015
باسلام من هم یک زن ایرانی هستم که تعدادی از زنان سرپرست خانوار رو اموزش دادم وانها مشغول به دوخت کیف وکفش دست دوز با چرم شتر مرغ هستند ولی متاسفانه بازار فروش نداریم لطفا کمکمون کنید ممنونhelp please
Mr Olufemi Davies
Date: 9/20/2015
I am interested in buying some real ostrich leather 1/4 yard of four different colors.
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Date: 3/12/2016
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Awais naseer
Date: 4/27/2016
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Awais naseer
Date: 4/27/2016
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Reza
Date: 5/21/2016
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Reza
Date: 5/21/2016
I'm in leather production Good quality We can work together Grade A:7. 8$ /sqf Grade B:6.7$ /sqf Size:14sqf_17sqf +989121461702 whatsup
Susie steele
Date: 6/7/2016
My aunt gave me this bag I was told it was expensive after hours of Internet research I came up with ostrich skin . There are no brand names on the handbag ,but after reading your page above I feel that this may be geniune? Would you look at a photo if I sent you one or if that's not possible who would I seek out to check out this hand bag .kind regards Susie
Mandy
Date: 10/29/2016
Hello, I buy and sale items for extra money as a single mom. I buy alot of handbags. I am just learning which brands (other than chanel and prada etc.) That I can actually find and afford in local thrift stores that sale new items on Mexico border. I believe I have gotten good luck with this tiffany and fred paris bag . It is very shiny with ostrich skin it appears. It says genuine leather on the tag also inside. I was once told that it depends on if you are able to tear off the marks ? I can't remember if its that its genuine if u can not or can peal off the dots. I need help please because I don't want to list the item without being sure. I also have googled and can't find any ostrich in this brand. Is there any way you can email me so I can share a picture? Id appreciate your help. Please and thank you. Id like an opinion on its value. Please. I hope to hear from you . Mandy
Mandy
Date: 10/29/2016
Hello, I buy and sale items for extra money as a single mom. I buy alot of handbags. I am just learning which brands (other than chanel and prada etc.) That I can actually find and afford in local thrift stores that sale new items on Mexico border. I believe I have gotten good luck with this tiffany and fred paris bag . It is very shiny with ostrich skin it appears. It says genuine leather on the tag also inside. I was once told that it depends on if you are able to tear off the marks ? I can't remember if its that its genuine if u can not or can peal off the dots. I need help please because I don't want to list the item without being sure. I also have googled and can't find any ostrich in this brand. Is there any way you can email me so I can share a picture? Id appreciate your help. Please and thank you. Id like an opinion on its value. Please. I hope to hear from you . Mandy

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