The Leather Dictionary

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Dear readers of this online leather encyclopaedia,

Leather is a natural and durable product that surrounds everyone in everyday life. Its beauty is matched by its versatility to be be made into a wide variety of products: Leather shoes, leather interiors of cars, leather furniture, leather handbags, leather luggage, leather wallets, leather clothing (leather pants, leather jackets, leather gloves, leather belts), leather balls, leather strips, leather saddles. Many people wear leather daily and most households have at least one product made of leather.

There are many leather terms. But mostly they cannot be clearly distinguished. Smooth leather, suede, nubuck, buckskin, napa leather, aniline leather, natural leather, genuine leather, fur etc.


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This dictionary provides a lot of useful information and explains all the terms associated with leather, its manufacturing & production processes, types of leather, problems with leather and much, much more. It features many photos and videos which help to make the information understandable. For queries, please use the search box on the left.

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Did You Know?

Imitation leather

It cannot be determined when artificial leather was invented. However, roughly 100 years ago, cases and surfaces of instrument handles and cameras were covered with coated textiles, which had the look of a smooth leather surface. The use of imitation leather was not just about saving money as, at that time, this relatively new material was also processed for valuable items. A beautiful embossed imitation leather surface of a narrow-film camera from 1930 (Photos from www.mooi-leer.nl).   Imitation leather, as ...

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