About Us

JCB Leathers was established in 1992 as a tannery in the Republic of South Africa, specifically concentrating on the tanning of "wool-on-skin" sheepskins, and in doing so created badly needed job opportunities for Breyten, a small rural town in the Mpumalanga Province.

Properties of Genuine Sheepskins

A genuine sheepskin is a natural product, durable, lightweight and soft.

Genuine Sheepskins are naturally unique, with some variations in texture and colour which is the automatic guarantee for a real genuine natural sheepskin.

Genuine Sheepskins are biodegradable, i.e. like other natural materials, genuine sheepskins will return in time to its composite elements.

A genuine sheepskin is a by-product of the food industry. Instead of being wastefully discarded, the genuine sheepskins are tanned and utilised for the manufacture of sheepskin products.

A genuine sheepskin is not two pieces of material glued together, i.e. a stiff hide suede outer glued to a synthetic imitation lining material, usually sold at a much lower price.

JCB Leathers also manufactures the following products:

  • JCB Sheepskin slippers and boots
  • JCB Medical Sheepskin Products
  • JCB Industrial sheepskin products
Other related sheepskin products can also be considered for manufacture on request, i.e. car seat covers, etc.

General Facts Regarding Wool

Wool is a "wonderfibre" and science has yet to produce a fibre with all the properties of wool:

  • Wool is a natural thermal isolator, trapping air between its fibres and thereby ensuring excellent isolation against heat loss or gain.
  • Wool absorbs and evaporate moisture. The porous fibres of wool absorbs up to a third of it's weight in moisture, and furthermore the porosity of the wool fibre efficiently evaporate moisture, thereby ensuring a comfortable dry skin and even body temperature.
  • Wool is elastic and resilient. The natural strong wool fibre acts like small springs, spreading body pressure and reducing pressure points.
  • Wool is naturally safe and fire resistant.
  • Wool is non-allergic, i.e no scientific proof exists that people have an allergy for wool.

The secret of wool thus lies in the structure of the wool fibres, which is a natural thermal isolator, absorbs and evaporates moisture, maintains resilience, resists fire and is non-allergic.