Crocodile leather is the processed hide of one of twenty-three crocodile species in the world. Crocodile leather is an exotic leather that as a group, makes up less than 1% of the world's leather production. It is rare compared to other hides such as sheep or cow and requires elevated levels of craftsmanship to prepare it for use in the consumer industry. Crocodile leather is considered a luxury item utilized by high fashion brands such as Hermes, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and Gucci. As a material, crocodile leather is rare and expensive because of limited numbers of crocodiles, their small size and the scarcity of dependable farms and tanning facilities to process and prepare the product for market.
Crocodile skin is primarily used in the production of handbags and other luxury items such as shoes, belts, wallets, upholstery, and furniture. The Nile crocodile, mostly available across Africa, is durable, making it desirable for heavy-duty items such as footwear and belts.
The skin is laid out on a clean, flat surface. Mentally divide the skin into 6 sections as per the graphic and check the surface for defects.