If you’re on the hunt for your next pair of chaps you may run across a few terms that might be unfamiliar when determining which supplier or craftsperson will provide you with the best pair for your needs. With that, we provide a few of the more commonly used terms among leather craftspeople:Nubuck Leather: A top grain leather that has been analine dyed for color and then polished to a point that a slight nap is created. It has a suede-like appearance but it comes from the grain side of the hide whereas suede comes from the flesh side.Ostrich Leather: This type of leather is distinguished by its pattern of bumps (which are in fact the feather/quill sockets of the hide). It is thought that ostriches produce the strongest leather and therefore it becomes an ideal choice for most heavily used leather applications.Pigmented Leather: Any top grain leather which has a clear topcoat and in which pigments have been applied. It is the pigments that typically give leather a shiny and even top color.Pure Aniline Leather: A top grain leather that is dyed without the use of any pigments. Typically these hides will still exhibit the natural characteristics of the hide such as scars, scratches, and wrinkles. This type of leather typically develops a luxurious patina (an appearance of aged character) over time. It is soft and breathable, and requires little care.Split Leather: This is made from the lower layers of the hide that have been split away from the upper (or grain) layers. This cut is typically more fragile than other cuts and is reserved most for use as suede.Top Grain Leather: This is the leather from the uppermost layer of the cow hide and is considered the highest quality part of the hide.