When you think about buffalo, you probably imagine the behemoths of the Great Plains, running free across the prairie. For almost a century, the buffalo was endangered. These big North American animals are actually bison, but are more commonly known as buffalo. The bison population has been expanding across North America, due to private ranchers raising the bison for their delicious meat. For this reason, the buffalo are no longer considered endangered and you can purchase items made from rugged, luxurious buffalo leather once again.
If you are not familiar with buffalo leather, you are in for a treat. Buffalo hides are thick and durable because they are not stretched during the tanning process. Stretching would ruin the distinctive, nubbly grain of the buffalo hide. This grain is what makes the buffalo hide so prized for creating furniture, throws, and many other useful and attractive items.
Buffalo hides are as durable as cow hides, which makes them useful for a variety of purposes. Like cow leather, buffalo leather lends itself well to boots, coats, handbags, and other durable items. The strength of the buffalo hide depends on the thickness and grade of the buffalo leather. No matter what the grade of the leather is, however, the buffalo leather is unlikely to stretch out of shape or tear, even with repeated or long-term wear.
Clothing made from buffalo hides is desirable not only for its attractive look, but also because buffalo leather is breathable. Air passes through the pores in the leather, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In addition, the porousness of the leather allows it to conform to your body shape over time.
Caring for buffalo leather is easy. Use a damp cloth and soapy water to clean spills. To condition your buffalo leather, use normal leather cleaners and conditioning agents. Over time, the "buffalo leather" will develop an attractive patina that will make the leather look vintage.