Genuine leather hides are produced through a tanning process. The most widely used tanning process is chrome tanning and vegetable tanning. Chrome tanning is preferable to vegetable tanning as the leather remains supple and receptive to colour. Leather hides are then finished using a variety of techniques listed below. Natural markings on leather may be present on hides and are the sign of fine leather. With proper care, leather will remain beautiful for many years.
Full Aniline Leather
Full aniline leather hides are coloured using non-toxic aniline dyes but are not treated with a protective topcoat or matching pigment finishing. Because of this the hides will quickly absorb natural oils giving the hides a rich patina with an extremely soft and natural handfeel. Aniline dyes are transparent so natural markings on leather hides such as healed scars, finished scratches, insect bites and brands will easily visible. As a result, only the highest quality full grain leather hides with limited natural markings can be finished as full aniline. Full aniline is also referred to as “naked leather.”
Semi Aniline Leather
Semi-aniline leather hides are similar to full aniline hides with the addition of a thin layer of matching pigment applied to even out the colour. The hide is then sprayed with a clear protective top coat giving maximum protection against stains and wear while retaining the natural look and feel of a full aniline leather. While often subtle, natural markings such as healed scars and scratches, insect bites and brands can be present.
Pigmented leather has a layer of pigmentation sprayed onto the hide giving it a rich and uniform colour. Because of this, most of the natural markings found on full aniline and semi-aniline leather will be less visible. A protective topcoat is then applied on the surface giving the hides a high resistance to spills, stains, fading, and scratches. Pigmented leather is the most common type of leather finishes and when well made, will have a highly durable and long-lasting finish.
Pull-Up is a type of semi aniline leather with a silky wax topcoat added for protection. When this leather is pulled or stretched, the waxes cause the dyes to spread giving the hide a two tone or antiqued effect. Pull-up leather is commonly referred to as distressed leather as the wax topcoat easily scratches through normal use. These scratches will often be absorbed back into the leather and soften over time. Pull-up leather is very popular amongst garment and leather good styles which has a vintage and rustic design.
Suede leather is primarily produced from the underside of the lamb and goat leather hides giving the hides are velvet look finishing. Because suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, suede is less durable but softer than other leather finishes. Suede leather is very popular for garments, shoes, and leather goods and extremely desirable to be used as inner lining for a variety of leather products.
Embossed leather is simply final step in the finishing process where the leather hides are stamped with prints. Pebble and various animal surface prints such as crocodile and python snakes may be the most widely known example of embossed leather. Embossed leather can be produced on all type of leather finishing but it’s commonly produced on pigmented leather.
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