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Specializing in hand crafted Argentinian products;  Gaucho Knives, fine Argentine cowhide leather bags, purses, wallets, belts and well as exotic leather & a verity of reptile skin merchandise. We also have an exquisite line of solid .925 sterling silver & 18kt gold jewelry, suited for the equestrian, non-equestrian, ladies and gentlemen customers. We as well, have a unique line of hand crafted gift items from Buenos Aires, Argentina South America!

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Carpincho aka Capybara hide

Susan Wood

CARPINCHO aka CAPYBARA hide

Carpincho (Spanish) it is also also called Capybara (Portuguese)

Carpincho leather is manufactured from the soft hide of the carpincho. The Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, which means ‘water pig’, is also known as and universally called Capybara. The capybara is a South American, semi-aquatic mammal and is very unusual in other parts of the world. It lives only in north of Argentina, some parts of Brazil and Paraguay, with the best specimens being found in Argentina. They live in the marshy swamp grounds and rivers of the Corrientes Province.

The capybara is not an endangered species however it is illegal to kill them in the wild. Argentina strictly regulates this as well as all importing and exporting of any of their byproducts! Each piece is required to be certificated and proven as ‘farm raised’ and only than can a capybara product be processed through the next phase of transport. In fact, Argentina is the only manufacturing exporter in the world of capybara products.

The spots on the carpincho leather are natural hair follicles and any hide marks are part of the animal’s history of growth. Carpincho leather has been compared to the finest leathers in the world such as snake and crocodile. You may find that it reminds you of suede but much more soft and supple. It is very delicate to the touch. however, contrary to what you may think these hides durability surpasses any leather product in today‘s market place. It is actually its softness, durability and characteristic dots that make this leather so exclusive and sought after by connoisseurs of exotic hides, world around.

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