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Ostrich Skin vs Karung Skin Handbag

Often when confronted with the choice to purchase couture handbags made from supple skin, consumers have a choice of reptiles, such as crocodile or alligator. A gorgeous and versatile exotic skin handbag can come in a variety of unique choices, such as ostrich or Karung snakeskin. Here is the difference between these two coveted leather bags, both hand crafted and designed by the artisans at Farbod Barsum.

Karung Snakeskin

Also known as the Ayer snake, Java File, or Elephant Trunk snake, the non-venomous reptile that preys on fish and eel inhabit the shallow, tropical freshwater lagoons of southeastern Asia. Adult Karung snake can reach up to seven to eight feet in length, have very loose skin, and a flattened tail for swimming.

This shimmery scaled skin is known to be extremely durable and thus is used in a variety of leather goods, from a Karung Skin Handbag, footwear, phone cases, and wallets.

Ostrich Skin

This skin, from the large and graceful birds that are native to central Africa, is unlike any other material. An ostrich skin handbag is characterized by raised points that are localized to the center of the hide, where the feathers have been hand-plucked. This skin is one of the strongest commercial leathers, and thus seen as a great luxury item.

Farbod Barsum has cherry-picked some of the best skins found on the planet, including Karung snakeskin and ostrich skin. The bags are literally wearable pieces of art that will last a lifetime.