Leather has played a key role in the development of civilisation. Dating back to prehistoric times, man has used the durable and flexible piece of material to make clothing, shoes and belts as well as other important necessities.
In the modern day, leather is used for much of the same purposes, but is also commonly used in fashion accessories such as fashion jewellery pieces, leather strap watches and leather wallets. Leather bracelets and watches have become a highly fashionable accessory for both men and women.
Although leather has been extremely popular in many societies, it can be fairly controversial and completely avoided in some cultures and religions. This is because pure leather is manufactured out of animal rawhide and skin, with cattle being the main source. Depending on the animal and technique used to make leather, there can be different varieties and styles.
Due to the way it is made and the animal sources used, many vegetarians and vegans would not associate themselves with leather at all. However, for those who don’t like the source but favour the look, there are forms of pseudo leather, such as vegan micro-fibre and artificial leather, which is a fabric that resembles the look and feel of the real thing. The artificial kind is also often cheaper than real leather!