How to Identify Genuine Leather
From wallet to purse to belt to shoes, leather is a widely used material for both men and women’s fashion. Not only that, leather is also used for belt leather supplies,sofa and car seats.
The popularity of leather as a material of choice for various goods is easily explainable. Leather is durable, easy to maintain and when it is coated, it is usually stain-proof and waterproof as well. Leather also gives off classy and luxurious feels.
However, genuine leather is expensive, therefore many industries, both in fashion and furniture, like to compromise the use of genuine leather for the synthetic one.
Synthetic leather gives the same appearance and texture as genuine leather but in much cheaper price, therefore it is quite as popular as leather; although it still can’t offer the same durability and longevity of genuine leather.
Let’s find out the difference between genuine and synthetic leather.
What is Genuine Leather made of?
Genuine leather or simply real leather is made from animal skin, usually cow, sheep or goat. The skin will then undergo a process of preparation, tanning and crusting.
Sometimes, leather producers also add additional layer of coating after the leather is ready, and this process is called finishing.
There are different types of genuine leathers; they are aniline leather, semi-aniline leather and pigmented leather.
Aniline leather is the purest form of leather. It is usually not coated with any substance, so the marking on the surface will look very clear. As a result, aniline leather will be vulnerable to scratch, wetness, stain and sunlight.
Semi-aniline leather is the next purest form of leather. It has coating, but only a light one and usually it is for the purpose of protection, rather than decorative. Consequently, semi-aniline leather will show less marking compared to aniline leather, but it will be stronger against scratch, wetness, stain and sunlight.
Just like its name suggest, pigmented leather has a layer of pigment on its surface. The pigment can be both protective and decorative. When it is the latter, the pigment will give off shiny appearance or even colored. Therefore, it looks a lot less like leather, even if it is. However, pigmented leather will give more durability compared to the other two.