We are talking about ovine skins from very different breeds in both situations, but they are popular for both forms. As predicted, the key distinction being that the lambskins come from young animals, while the sheepskins are from more mature animals.
We apply to lambskin hides, which have kept their original fur in the manufacturing, when we speak of fur hides, or hair on hides and pelts. As for their inner portion, the so-called flesh side, it may happen that on the finished product (for example, a piece of clothing with fur inside and suede outside) this must be highlighted; in this situation, we have two simple forms of finishing that can be achieved on the inside of the lambskin:
Leather clothing is definitely the main area of use for lambskin where, however, there are limitations deriving from the limited size of each skin, the results obtained are of truly excellent quality in any event. The full grain lamb hides are also especially appropriate for high quality gloves and specialized uses that are more technical and precise.
It is entirely clear, as we have already explained in the previous paragraphs, that lambskins are genuine leather from the same animals and that they are subjected to tanning treatments which stop the putrefaction of any organic animal tissue.
In their maturity, sheepskins come from ovine species and obviously have very different sizes and features, based on their very distinct races spread all over the world. These hides usually have a dimension of between 0.4 and 0.8 m^2 per skin (or 4 to 9 square feet) and have the following features:
There are many sheep breeds whose hides and grains have very different features. For the most appropriate animals to produce wool, we can find leathers with a very fine grain of several differently crossed breeds, the so-called "fur sheep" that often surpass in appearance, touch (the workers call it "hand") and silkiness (that is, in the pleasantness of the similar silk flow) the best skins of bovine calves up to more pronounced grainy aspects.
There is a deep roughness in some wool breeds, the so-called 'creasing', which is more obvious in the middle part and mostly in the back of the skin, but which can spread to the entire skin.
Where the hair is very coarse and preferably of a lovely white colour, it is used as fluffy rugs and bedside rugs, maintaining both the skin intact and its form with the full length of the hair. Wool sheep are also processed to preserve their natural fur. In the area of garments and boots, the fur is trimmed differently; there are two major variants: In both cases, the visible component of Shearling and Nappalan is the internal one, the flesh hand, which is properly processed both for the finished textile product and for the glove or foot.
The most common usage remains for clothes on the grain side and with very gentle nappa tanning, including for sheepskin. For both clothing and boots, the use of the so-called chamois, suede or velour on the flesh side is very limited because it gives excellent results limited to the crossed sheep breeds known as Hair sheep, which have a very closed and compact back side and, similar to that of goat, have a very reduced 'hair' effect. Finally, very useful effects, particularly the so-called "writing" effect, that is, iridescent as the hand passes over the surface, can be obtained here with appropriate fat-liquors.
You can find the best varieties of lambskin leather and sheepskin leather classified into groups on our website kanileather.com, the main ones being:
Nappa Leather Lambskin, variety thickness (0,4-1,00 mm) and very soft fiber, specially made for the manufacture and repair of leather garments, suitable for jackets, coats, dresses, gloves, pants and some other leather garment, but also for the manufacture of leather products and linings.
Aniline Sheepskin Leather, the finest quality sleek and soft material, 0,4-0,8 mm thick, available in a range of colors to choose from, suitable for clothes, leather products, accessories, belts, bindings, wallets.