Originally Posted by dahl5yankees
was told by a knowledgeable source today that they're leather
still confused - they might be...
They are undoubtedly leather
...but what does that mean?
Leather is a "catch-all" term for any tanned or preserved skin (sometimes, as in the case of shell, not even skin).
Once the skin is tanned many alterations can be, and are, applied--dying, boxing, printing, snuffing, etc.. Calf or cow leather is naturally smooth when tanned, yet there are many variations that have grain textures--all after-the-fact and not
natural. A very few leathers such as elephant, alligator, ostrich, etc., have a natural texture and a distinctive look.
But sometimes smooth leathers are printed to to cover up blemishes on the grain surface...or look like more expensive leathers--to appeal to a different market. A market looking for something distinctive and out of the ordinary...at a relatively ordinary price.
They could be printed-to-look-like-frog calf leather
(hence "faux frog").
Or they could be something else...maybe even real frog.
All of it leather