Thanks so much for your replies and guidance. I have a found a vendor that sells reasonably priced leathers in my budget but it has left me with a couple of other questions for you.
Does anyone have any experience with pig suede? How does the texture feel for loincloth use and how does it hang?
This vendor also sells lambskins which I have seen recommended, however in the pictures it looks a little shiny (for want of a better phrase). Is this the case with lambskin or just something in the pictures?
All the hides (suede and lamb) are listed at approx 0.6mm-0.7mm thickness - is this suitable? And from your experience what kind of square footage is best? I'd really like to have the loincloth be one long strip going between the legs and held by a waistband but I appreciate this could result in a long piece being needed.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst this global health crisis and thanks again for your help.