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Sheepskin is the hide of a sheep, sometimes also called lambskin. Unlike common leather, sheepskin is tanned with the fleece intact, as in a pelt.
Sheepskin is used to produce sheepskin leather products and soft wool-lined clothing or coverings, including gloves, hats, footstools, automotive seat covers, baby and invalid rugs and pelts. In particular, sheepskin is the principal material used to make a type of sheepskin boot), footwear traditionally produced in Australia and New Zealand.Sheepskin numnahs, saddle pads, saddle seat covers, sheepskin horse boots, tack linings and girth tubes are also made and used in equestrianism.
The fleece of sheepskin has excellent insulating properties and it is also resistant to flame and static electricity. Wool is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic.
Testing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology Leather Research Centre confirmed the advantages of medical sheepskin in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
Sheepskin is the hide of a mature sheep that has been tanned into leather with the wooly fleece still attached. Shearling is the hide and fleece of a yearling lamb that has been tanned into leather and then had the fleece sheared to a uniform depth.
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