Ostrich Leather Grading

Ostrich skins are graded or classed on the basis of 3 factors:

1. According to skin size, where 130dm² is the optimal size and thus gets the best price per dm².

2. According to skin damage, especially in the crown area (it is the diamond-shaped area on the back of the ostrich where the quills appear). The amount, distribution and size of visual skin damage in the crown area determines the grading of the skin. A 1st grade skin has no / minor damage. A 4th grade has a lot of damage. The skin can be rejected if there is too much damage to the skin, and the skin is then classed lower than the 4th grade. The most common reasons for downgrading are kick marks, scratch marks and parasite damage (eg. tick or flea bites).

3. According to quill development. Quill development refers to the size and shape of the quills. If the quills are smaller than generally accepted for the market, they are downgraded. A 1st grade skin with little damage can therefore be downgraded to a 2nd grade skin if the quills are too small.

Quality Handmade Products

Lugro Ostrich Leather Products are of the highest quality. We only use the best ostrich leather. All our products are designed and handmade in our workshop by highly skilled people. Both the showroom and workshop are located at 133 Langenhoven Road, on the main road from George towards the Cango Caves.
We do not manufacture for or sell to trade or on a wholesale bases.
We do ship individual items to international customers.

Opening Hours

Due to COVID-19 we are open
limited hours.
Kindly call us to enquire about opening times.
Closed on Sunday

Contact Details


133 Langenhoven Road
Oudtshoorn, 6625
Western Cape • South Africa