Appearance and PropertiesOn first inspection, froza hide looks like regular goat or cow leather, except for its dark grey-black colour. The hides have thick, coarse hair and have a very plain colour. But the various scraping, dyeing and crafting procedures of froza leather differentiate it very quickly. Froza hide is thin but very durable and very accepting of dyes. This makes it much more desirable for coloured leather or leather armour than regular leather, but its rarity and the temperament of the froza themselves prevents it from being popular.
History and Cultural UsesFroza leather used to be mostly used for clothing in urukani society. The herd animal was relied on for many things, from milk and food to clothing and armour. More traditional urukan designs often include unprocessed froza leather as a dark patch on otherwise brighter hide that has been stripped, dyed and etched. Now, cows and goats provide most of the necessary food and clothing leather for the urukani, as they are much more docile than the frustrating froza. But those hoping to use more traditional orcish iconography have kept the process alive these past several centuries, passed down from one generation to the next. Today, ornate robes, armour and tunics are made with froza leather, and the fashion has caught on among non-urukan and non-zerran races in recent years. The orcs and half-orcs tend to want to keep the traditional hexagonal and circular designs to themselves for religious reasons, but they have become great leatherworkers, renowned the world over.
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SourceThe hide comes from the froza, the ram-like herd animals tended to by the urukani. When the animal reaches the end of its short life, the urukani will skin it and use the hide to make clothing and armour.
Trade and SaleLarge centres of froza herding are found in central Quempo and northwestern De'aria. These places herd, breed, and process the hides of the froza, where they are sent to nearby large settlements for sale (such as Kwinan for the former location and Can'arta for the latter). At that point, they find their way to high-end tailors, armourers or traditional clothesmakers who then make it into the desired item of clothing.
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