Ostrich leather originates from the 1850s in South Africa when it was discovered as a byproduct from ostriches farmed for feathers and meat.
A key characteristic of ostrich leather is it’s raised points in the hide that create small bumps. There are many cheap imitations of ostrich leather on the market. Manufacturers are able to replicate the bumpy texture by embossing indentations into the leather using a heavy rolling plate during the tanning process. You can spot imitation ostrich leather because the bumps are uniform and spaced equally.
Ostrich leather is an expensive textile because only about one third of the entire skin has quill bumps, which is the look you want when buying an ostrich handbag.