What Is Cowhide Used For?

Cowhide, a natural byproduct of cattle, is used to make a variety of products from home décor to clothing and accessories.


When people slaughter cows, they remove the hide and treat it for other uses. Many items made from cowhide utilize the natural colors of different cows while manufacturers also dye skins to create variety.

Cowhide is used to make rugs because the natural fibers are durable enough to withstand constant foot traffic and are easy to clean.


Cowhide is used to make shoes. Manufacturers treat cowhide so that it can withstand the elements and dye it in a variety of colors.


Cowhide is used to make unique placemats that can be used to accessorize rooms for people who want a western motif in their homes.


Cowhide is used to make leather jackets--as inner lining or on the outside. Manufacturers either use the natural colors of the cowhide or dye them. The material is breathable for the wearer.

Wallets and Purses

Cowhide is used to make fashion wallets and purses for men and women as well as travel accessories like luggage and carry-ons.


Manufacturers use cowhide to make bedroom furnishings, such as blankets, comforters, pillows and pillow cases.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .