Ostrich leather is recognised through its unique texture and tactility. Two types of leather are produced from ostriches, namely body skin and leg skin. The ostrich body leather is made up of quilled and smooth areas, quaintly known as the “valley and hill” grain pattern.
The distinct quills are formed at the site where the feather grew, and give ostrich its characteristic three dimensional look and feel. In the “valley” or smooth area between the quills, striations similar to those found on the palm of the hand, contribute to the special character of ostrich leather.