Learn About Leather

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  • Aniline

    A leather dyed with pure aniline dyes rather than pigments. This transparent dye completely penetrates the hide with color, allowing the natural grain to show through while protecting the surface.

  • Aniline dye

    Translucent dyes do not camouflage marks, but color the hide and bring out the natural character of the leather, much like a stain on wood.

  • Aniline plus

    Leather that has been aniline dyed and finished with a clear topcoat to ensure more protection against spills and stains. Also known as semi-aniline.

  • Antiquing

    A method of aging the appearance of a hide by the application of a darker color over a lighter color, creating dramatic highlights.

  • Buffing

    A mechanical process that reduces the appearance of surface blemishes from leather hides. Leather that is not buffed is called "full grain" because the natural grain retains its markings and characteristics.

  • Bycast

    A split leather with a polyurethane protective coating. Like splits bycast leather is inferior as it lacks the natural characteristics, elasticity, and durability of top grain leather.

  • Corrected grain

    Leather on which the outer surface of the grain has been slightly removed by sanding. It is usually embossed with an artificial grain.

  • Cowhide

    The entire animal hide, which averages 45-50 square feet.

  • Crust

    Leather that has been tanned, dyed and dried, but not finished.

  • Drum dyed

    A dyeing process in which leather is immersed in dye and tumbled in a rotating drum, ensuring maximum dye penetration.

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