What is Black Alligator Leather
Black alligator leather is quite luxurious. You do have to beware of one thing, though. That's the fact that some material is made to look like alligator, but it is really just cowhide. The pattern of alligator skin is used so that at a cursory glance, there is a resemblance. There is, however, no substitute for the genuine article. There are other colors available, but needless to say, black is the most popular. The skins of real American alligators (farm raised) are used in the manufacture of the product, and those alligators are only indigenous to the southeastern United States of America.
One of the things that makes alligator leather so luxurious is the fact that the skins themselves have such a marvelous texture quality. The reason it is important that you purchase only those products made from the skins of farm raised alligators is that the species itself is a member of the crocodile family. As such, it is protected under both US and international law. The skins are usually glazed, which results in a product that is regarded by most as the premier exotic leather on the market today, commanding desire, intrigue, and respect. With all of those things considered, it is easy to understand why it is so highly sought after.
It is important to clarify here that by purchasing alligator leather, you are not endangering the species. As a matter of fact, the species is no longer endangered, even in the wild. The reason it is still protected by both US and international law is that it was previously endangered. The farms themselves are a big part of the reason why that is no longer true. In fact, the law requires that they be able to demonstrate a viable second generation progeny. There are many farms which exist solely for conservation, education, and even tourism, though there are also commercial farms that derive income from the sale of skins.
There are lots of popular uses of alligator leather, so the demand for the product keeps these commercial farms in business. It is commonly used in the manufacture of belts, wallets, shoes, and purses, all of which are very beautiful indeed. Sometimes, it is even used as a wall covering. Even though these commercial farms sell the skins to manufacturers of these types of good in order to make a profit, many of them also make some of their money from tourism. It would be very interesting to visit one should you ever get the chance to do so.