What is chamois? July 12, 2020 by Pamela Landy Chamois is a soft, warm leather and is the skin of the Alpine animal of the same name. More often, however, it is specially treated sheepskin. Related Answers What do the following slang terms mean to spies? Does the “old soft-shoe” have anything to do with soft shoes? Why do we get goose bumps when it’s cold? Why does skin wrinkle when it is exposed at length to water? Can caffeine be lethal to humans? How do you tell the age of a fish?