Published : 02/04/2017 14:39:53
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The starting point is clear: we are in the presence of hides, usually bovine ones, printed or embossed and finished in order to give out the impression of the skin of a reptile. For printing them special presses are needed on which different plates are mounted to stamp. Natural crocodile or alligator hides are very similar and this effect gets reinforced in the case of stamped leathers. The natural skin of an alligator is the most expensive one and, consequently, the most emulated one. Natural skin is much softer to the touch compared to the stamped one. Stamped hides with a caiman effect are instead quite rare
One way to recognize the type of animal reproduced consists in checking the different shape of the scales. Crocodile and alligator scales are rounded and squared irregularly, have a rather elegant and polished appearance than the scales that characterized caiman's skin, which
When genuine crocodile leather is used to produce a bag, the parts coming from the belly and hips of the animal are used and these are the parts reproduced by the stamping presses.
There are small differences in the shape of the scales of these two reptiles. In the alligator, the transition from the wider and squared scales of the belly to the more rotund and smaller scales of the hips happens in a more sudden way than in the crocodile, where the transition is more gradual, with some
The umbilical scar (a star with an elongated shape located between the belly's scales) distinguishes the alligator and this feature gets always reproduced in the stamping since it confers distinction and value to the hides.
Finally, every scale of the crocodile skin has a pore, a unique feature because differently from the alligators and caimans, crocodiles have hairs on their bodies, which are lost in the tanning phase and at their place the pores become visible.