All About Buffalo Leather

What is Buffalo Leather?

In general, if an item is depicted as bison leather or buffalo leather (at least here in the US), it’s actually hinting to leather from the American Bison. The American Bison is accessed mainly in North America. Primitive American colonists named them “buffalo” because of their similar appearance to the buffalo, and the term stuck - but it’s actually not correct. (Regardless, most bison and buffalo leather sold in the US is from the American Bison.)

Where does Buffalo Leather come from?

The two primary buffalo species can be found in Asia (the Water Buffalo) and Africa (the Cape Buffalo). The Asian Water Buffalo can be retrieved in both meadows and wetlands spread throughout Asia, while the African Cape Buffalo wanders the steppes of southern and eastern Africa.
According to the visual aspects, the grain of the Asian Water Buffalo hide is fairly analogous to that of the American Bison; however, the grain of an African Cape Buffalo hide is quite distinguishable from the others.


What does Buffalo Leather look like?

Buffalo leather has a more characteristic grain than bovine leather. It comes in a range of divergent colours and finishes, labelled by plentiful, thick tones which give it a conspicuous ocular aspect.

How is Buffalo Leather made?

Leather is basically animal skin. Securing important applications for animal hides is one of man's earliest and most useful discoveries, and history provides appreciation to the ancient Greeks for the development of a revolutionary tanning formula utilizing water-soaked leaves and reliable tree skin to retain leather. This method, viz vegetable tanning, for the usage of tannins further gets its name tanning. However, much later the industrial revolution equipped with the new flood of machinery introduced a huge alteration in the production and consumption of leather. The confluence of new demands and new technology led to the formulation of chromium tanning (or “mineral tanning”), which irreversibly altered the craftsmanship of tanning leather. Mineral tanning uses chromium sulfate, is speedier than vegetable tanning, and brings out a more flexible, elastic leather. Today, most of the widely manufactured leather merchandise are chromium tanned and produced in India or China. This quickest method of tanning is accomplished in a matter of days. This method, however, uses toxic chemicals and is detrimental to the environment. Vegetable tanning, however, remains the process of preference for smaller scale producers of handcrafted leather goods. In spite of the industrial changes introduced along the way, the endeavour of skillful artisans, in the heritage of centuries past, prevail.

The products of Leather Bags Gallery are produced using a completely chrome free technique which undergoes four weeks to complete and is much more eco-friendly.

How does Buffalo Leather age?

With proper care, buffalo leather will hang on a lifetime, producing, over time, a rich patina which enriches the beauty of the leather.

How strong is Buffalo Leather?

Buffalo leather has an epidermal membrane up to three times denser than cowhide which means that it is extremely tough and long-lasting. The buffalo hides are not stretched out while undergoing the tanning process, unlike cowhide, and therefore they are thicker and more resistant to wear and tear.

Is Buffalo Leather good quality?

Buffalo leather is flaccid and flexible and yet robust and indestructible. Full grain buffalo leather is magnificent in visual aspect and durable enough to stand strong against an eternity of use, it is top quality leather