Leather is made up from rawhide of animal skin, usually cattle like cows. Sometimes other animals are used for leather such as buffalo and deer. The process begins by first slaughtering the animal and then removing the meat, hair or fur and other muscle & fat tissue.
The skin is then pulled and stretched over a canvas with frames to dry the substance. It is then molded into various shapes via a series of frames that are used to create lots of drum heads or lamps and even seats for couches and automobiles.
There are chemical agents that are used at the end of the stretching and drying process to give the leather or hide a color and smell. Leather can have many varieties such as tanned that give an organic look.
Leather is purchased in different scales like full grain or split – split is used in a form or leather called suede which is prized for its softness and rarity.