The Ethiopian leather industry is a relatively older industry with more than 80 years of involvement in processing leather and producing leather products. The industry bases itself on the country’s livestock resources. Indeed Ethiopia possesses one of the world largest livestock populations. This enormous population of livestock provides ample opportunity for the development of the leather industry in the country. In addition to possessing large livestock population, Ethiopian cattle hides are well known internationally for their fine grain pattern and good fiber structure and are ideal for making shoe uppers.