Our Types Of Leather
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Leather is a material that is made by tanning the hide or skin of animals, making it very flexible and more durable. Leather is mostly made from cattle, but the hide or skin of almost any animal can be used. There are 5 main types of leather, namely, full grain, embossed grain, split suede, nubuck sueded grain, and bonded leather.
At Plaasmeisie, we only use three types of high-quality leather, namely Full Grain Leather, Nubuck, and Sueded Grain Leather
Full Grain Leather
Also known as top grain leather
Known as “the best” type of leather. It is the strongest, most long-lasting and valuable layer of hide, this is because, it is the upper layer of hide and is split into many layers. If the natural grain is not corrected, the outermost layer will show hair cell patterns or any natural scars. This type of leather is mostly used for garments, shoes, saddlery or upholstery.
Known as “the second best” type of leather
it is used mostly in garments and upholstery. This type of leather is made from hides which have been processed to correct the natural grain; to remove an excessive amount of scars or scratches. The natural grain is sanded or buffed and replaced with an embossed/corrected grain and finish, to create a more flawless look.
It is the lower layer after removing the full grain layer of the hide. This type of leather is a byproduct of tanning hide and is not very costly and is therefore mostly used in inexpensive furniture and garments.
Nubuck Sueded Grain Leather
Known as a “look but don’t touch leather”
Get’s this reputation because it is soft to the touch, it is very sensitive. This grain is made to feel like suede by sanding the natural grain, and is used in many garments or upholstery products. It is nearly impossible to clean this type of leather, therefore, extra caution must be taken to not stain it.
Made from the scraps of garments or shoe factories.
It is known as particle board leather, because the particles are added to a fabric upon which a synthetic grain layer is applied. It is utilised in many lower cost upholstery and garment products.