Here as footwear- painted, punched, embossed, polished, embroidered ….

A material derived from any animal hide made useable through the ancient process of tanning. Leather is a natural by-product of animal life, and in plentiful supply from the meat industry, where it’s a resourceful way of giving a new lease of life to what essentially starts off as a waste product.

* Leather features in the traditional way of life of countless societies the world over, in the making of nomads’ tents and saddles to wine and water containers, to weatherproof clothing. It has a versatile texture, strong, supple with a good drape and structure; depending on use, it can create a subtle or striking effect in upholstery, softer hanging furnishings, in fashion and vehicle upholstery.

* Leather for upholstery is finished so that it’s easy to clean, it just wipes down making it, along with its other properties, a great choice for sofas and chairs, stools, fender seats, cupboard doors, screens, desk and table tops, pelmets, waste bins and picture frames, bean bags and floor rugs, window seats, curtains, and cushions.

* Leather floors and wall coverings are expensive to install but stand the test of time, lasting for hundreds of years.

* Leather is a poor conductor heat and therefore remains cool throughout the summer

* As with all materials, the type and origin of leather and tanning methods have quality and ethical bearings and are worth finding out about.

* Synthetic imitation leather is also increasingly available, but its look and feel, in addition to the manufacturing processes aren’t tempting

See punched leather, calfskin, kid,embossed


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