It is braided and made of 100% leather. The overall measurement is about 32". The length may vary since each one is hand made. This quirt has a hand strap that is easy to grip making it easy to control your quirt/whip. Measurements- 12" Loop 5" Handle, 7" flexible handle 12" long flat leather double strap. Cuarta/whips have a number of uses including Barrel Racing, Trail Rides, Working Ranch Horses, and Training.