Cabretta leather

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A sheepskin Leather prepared from sheep that grow straight hair instead of curly wool. Hair sheep, though classified as sheep, visually resemble goats. Their hair is coarse and short and most nourishment goes into their skin. Hair sheep are found in the mountainous regions of India, China, South America, and Africa. Cabretta leather produced from hair sheep is very soft, close-fibered, and kid-like. It is used for making gloves, shoe uppers, and garments. The term cabretta has also been used for any leather made from Brazilian sheep.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cabrito; piel de cabra (Esp.); cabritilla (Esp.); cuir de chèvre (Fr.);

Resources and Citations

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