Although there are four basic types of leather, you can find a variety of options based on the percentage of organic materials, durability, and finishing process.
Aniline leather: It is the most natural leather with minimal stain resistance. Generally speaking, soft and tanned animal hides, such as Napa, can only be dyed with aniline dyes in the drum. Aniline is a translucent water-soluble dye, which can show the natural markings, scars, and wrinkles on leather.
Over time, it will form a natural luster. Because this process is only suitable for high-quality animal leather, it is one of the most expensive leathers in the world. It also needs regular maintenance.
Common use: Making luxury accessories, such as wallets, bags, jackets, and sought-after furniture.
Semi-aniline leather: Semi-aniline leather consists of a light surface coating with a small amount of pigment. Therefore, it is stronger than aniline leather but still maintains its natural appearance. It also shows a certain degree of stain resistance.
Antique grain leather: also known as antique leather, it is a kind of leather that has been treated to obtain the rough appearance of antique or retro leather. Usually, the leather surface will be coated with an uneven or partially erased contrast topcoat, showing a light background color. This weathered appearance tends to attract most shoppers, especially when buying leather accessories and furniture.
Common uses Making wallets, bags, belts, jackets, and other accessories.
Chrome-free leather: Chrome-free leather is made by alternative tanning processes, such as vegetable tanning or aldehyde tanning. The environmental pollution caused by chrome-based tanning processes forces many governments and tanneries to adopt these chrome-free tanning processes. Processed leather has almost all the qualities of chrome-tanned leather, such as higher shrinkage resistance, higher resilience, and bending strength. In addition, no toxic emissions degrade the environment.
Common uses: making baby shoes and auto parts.
Chrome-tanned leather: Chrome-tanned leather uses chromium salt (chromium sulfate) to tan leather instead of vegetable tannin or aldehyde chemicals. Chrome-tanned leather is soft, elastic, moderately durable, and has better water resistance. You can use a variety of dyes to produce leather with a variety of bright colors.
However, chrome tanning has extremely serious environmental costs, especially in developing countries. Lack of proper recovery measures will often make toxic wastewater seep into the groundwater supply and affect the soil. In addition, chrome leather is not suitable for pattern and stamping because of its soft nature.
Common uses Manufacturing products that do not require rigidity or structural toughness, such as jackets, bags, gloves, and upholstery.
The leather gloves of Donghao Leather Gloves Factory are made of chrome-free leather, which makes the gloves soft and has a delicate cashmere lining, adding a textured autumn and winter accessory to the shape.
Compared with genuine leather, artificial leather has many advantages. Some benefits of synthetic leather include:
Chromium-free, which means it is an environmentally friendly product.
Consistent quality and appearance, because it is not from different parts of animal skin
Because the production cost is low, the price is stable.
Lighter than natural leather
Breathe smoothly and dry easily.
Easy to wash
Excellent wear resistance.