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A soft, chamois-like, durable Leather. Although originally made from elk, elkskin is now made from kips (Calfskin) that are tanned, fatliquored and sometimes smoked to imitate the original elkskin color. By a similar process, a heavier version, called elk leather, is produced from cowhides. Elkskins are primarily used for purses and children's shoes, while elk leather is used for boots.

Synonyms and Related Terms

elk leather; elk-finished cowhide; piel de alce (Esp.); elandshuid (Alces alces); soort juchtleer (lijkt op elandsvel) (Ned)

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Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 291
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997