If you are bent on buying something interesting and leather to wear then the ensuing article should help! Especially if this is the first time you are going leather shopping. Though it is pretty safe to shop for good leather stuff on online marts, you must visit a good retail outlet, if you are buying it for the first time.
The advantage of buying good animal hide stuff is that it generally lasts you a lifetime, even generations! The key is to buy €Full Grain’ fabric. The best quality leather always comes from the skin part which lies just below the hair. This is what is normally referred to as full grain. The material is very sturdy and lasts for eons. Full grain leather may have natural marks. For example if the animal had insect bites, or wrinkles or scratches.The next best option is Top Grain leather. It doesn’t last too long.
There are a number of factors that directly impact the quality of animal hide fabric. The most important among these are perhaps the animals’ diet, the atmosphere it lived in, fungal infections if any, parasite attacks, so on and so forth.
Full grain leather will have a coarse look, though at times some skins do appear soft and supple, the natural marks on the skin will indicate how authentic the product is!
So basically there are three grades of leather material:
Full Grain as we described above is of the highest quality. This is also referred to as Grade 1 leather.
Grade 2 leather is something that is not as perfect as the full grain variety. But it is imperfect and may not be of a very high quality.
Grade 3 is low quality leather. It is generally blotchy and the color is not so consistent. This type usually has a very stiff and rough surface. Perhaps because of the chemical treatment to hide the imperfections on the animals skin!
So the next time when you go shopping for leather apparel look for material that though coarse has consistent color. Smell the leather. High quality leather has a special aroma. You’ll know instantly whether what you are holding is the real stuff or a synthetic representation.
The quality of leather greatly depends on the kind of treatment it undergoes. The length of time during which the material is washed and dried impacts the material. Even the process of drying has a tremendous impact on animal hide fabric quality.