Why Kangaroo Leather?
|The kangaroo leather range, known internationally as
K-Leather, is by far the most popular choice of manufacturers looking for high performance technical leather with superior qualities.
Kangaroo leather boasts the following performance properties:
- High strength
K-Leather is the strongest leather fibre structure readily available. Period. Recent studies have suggested links between the kangaroo fibre matrix and that of mions (birds) and reptiles. This ultimately has been further linked to a prehistoric fibre structure – one that evolved from animals needing to survive in the harshest environments against many predators – almost a fibre structure that time forgot!
|Angle of Weave
This section refers to the fibre orientation in the corium. The kangaroo fibre structure is aligned almost in parallel to the surface of the leather, and is formed from very long threadlike molecules of proteinous collagen twisted together. This is termed as having a low angle of weave (<30¹), and differs significantly to bovine (cow) products, which typically have weave angles in excess of 60¹, or goat and cabretta leathers, which range between 45¹ and 60¹. The flat fibre structure can be analogous with a rope that has a network of fibres all running in the same direction, and results in exceptional strength.
|Do You Kill Kangaroos For Leather?|
|No, we do not kill kangaroos for their leather. Our leather is a result of strategic harvesting instituted by the Australian government to help control the kangaroo population in Australia, especially in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia. These State Government programmes are regulated by the Commonwealth Government in regards to what species are allowed to be harvested and also the populations control.
|These management programmes ensure the sustainability of the common kangaroo species as a renewable resource. The Industry is used as a harvesting body within the programme and the skins become a "by-product" of a meat industry as with cow, sheep and goat.|