Peccary is a wild animal of the pig family, that lives in South and Central America. As peccary is a protected species, which can be exported from Peru in only limited quantities, its skin has become a luxury and exotic material.
The strange thing is that actually, Peccary has always been a very common animal in Peru, the result of an intensive breeding program in the 1970’s, when 200.000 skins were exported annually. In the last 40 to 50 years, the trade has become less lucrative, and more controlled. Today, these animals are mostly hunted for their meat, and the pelts have become a byproduct. This has led to a decrease in exports, to 34.000 skins per year today. Most of these go to Italy and Germany, and Eastern Europe, and are meant for the glove industry.
Since it is a wild animal, legally hunted by local farmers for everything from their meat to their skin, it is normal to find small natural defects on the surface of the skin. Add to this that these animals live freely in the jungle, and are mostly nocturnal creatures, hunting them is not that easy. And since the pelts have become only a byproduct, hunters use shotguns that spread a wide range of hail, instead of more modern techniques.
When visiting our producer of Peccary leather gloves, we held up a skin that had more holes than leather to it, from the shotguns used by the Peruvians farmer to hunt these small rodents. This has led to the use of a grading system in the glove industry, where the size of the skin is measured by how many average sized hands can be cut out of it. Top grade quality is in the range of 5 to 6.
When the leather arrives in Italy, it is chrome tanned, making it both durable and washable. It all starts with the raw material, crust Peccary leather that have been epilated and tanned, but need to be retanned in order to receive their final color.
Characterized by a distinct pattern of 3 pores, grouped together, it is known as the most luxurious gloving leather, thanks to its extreme softness and stretchiness. Peccary is known to develop a beautiful patina, and age gracefully.
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