Cowhide

Cowhide

Cowhide is the natural, unbleached skin and hair of a cow. It retains the original coloring of the animal. Cowhides are a natural product/by-product of the food industry from cattle. Cowhide can also be processed into a leather, which can be used to make such things as shoes, wallets and leather jackets.

Process

Once a cow is slaughtered, the skin is removed. It is then selected in the raw state, at the very first moment when it is salted. It is organized by size and color. In the tannery, a traditional hair on hide tanning method is employed to ensure that the hide is soft, and less susceptible to odour and moulting. It ensures that the cowhide will last longer. It is then naturally dried and the best hides are separated from the rest, with the ones that cannot be used in full as decorative items separated to be used as patchwork rugs. These are usually those with damage (for example cuts and other injuries to the skin during the life of the animal) that causes the skin to tear post drying.

Use

Cowhide can be dyed to resemble skins such as tiger or zebra skins, but dyeing is usually reserved for the lower quality cowhides. The best quality hides are usually presented in their natural colors, which are based on the breed of the bovine.

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  • Cowhide — Cow hide , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cowhided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cowhiding}.] To flog with a cowhide. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowhide — [kou′hīd΄] n. 1. the hide of a cow 2. leather made from it ☆ 3. a whip made of rawhide or braided leather vt. cowhided, cowhiding ☆ to flog with a cowhide …   English World dictionary

  • Cowhide — Cow hide ( h?d ), n. 1. The hide of a cow. [1913 Webster] 2. Leather made of the hide of a cow. [1913 Webster] 3. A coarse whip made of untanned leather. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowhide — /kow huyd /, n., v., cowhided, cowhiding. n. 1. the hide of a cow. 2. the leather made from it. 3. a strong, flexible whip made of rawhide or of braided leather. 4. cowhides, Informal. a pair of boots or shoes, esp. those made of cowhide. v.t. 5 …   Universalium

  • cowhide — [[t]ka͟ʊhaɪd[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Cowhide is leather made from the skin of a cow. ...cowhide boots …   English dictionary

  • cowhide — I. noun Date: 14th century 1. the hide of a cow; also leather made from this hide 2. a coarse whip of rawhide or braided leather II. transitive verb (cowhided; cowhiding) Date: 1794 to flog with a cowhide whip …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cowhide — n. hide of a cow; leather made from cowhide; leather whip …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cowhide — cow•hide [[t]ˈkaʊˌhaɪd[/t]] n. v. hid•ed, hid•ing 1) the hide of a cow 2) clo the leather made from it 3) a strong whip made of rawhide or of braided leather 4) to whip with a cowhide • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • cowhide — /ˈkaʊhaɪd/ (say kowhuyd) noun 1. the hide of a cow. 2. the leather made from it. 3. US a strong, flexible whip made of rawhide or of braided leather. –verb (t) (cowhided, cowhiding) 4. US to whip with a cowhide …   Australian-English dictionary

  • cowhide — n. 1 a a cow s hide. b leather made from this. 2 a leather whip made from cowhide …   Useful english dictionary

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