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Leather hides is a general term for tanned animal hides. There are various types of leather hides. Each type of leather serves a different purpose in the process of leather crafting. The art of leather crafting ranges from stylish clothes to chews for pets and many other leather supplies.
Cowhide which is tanned with different types of vegetables is tanned with their chemicals and colors. Vegetables are helpful in shinning the leather, and the tannins and tree bark are used for making the cowhide tougher. Various colors in leather are made from different colored vegetables. Leather hides are sold according to the different shades of the color brown.
Once the tanned cow skin is supple, it can be used for binding books, leather carving or leather stamping. If the leather becomes wet, the vegetable tanning becomes discolored, and the leather may shrink or become even harder.
Aniline leather is high quality product which is used for making clothes. It is obtained by the treatment of full grain leather. Leather hides which are made for sale are being treated with aniline which makes them perfect and soft. Such hides are then used in jackets and other garments. Aniline can also be used in conjunction with dyes which can cover imperfections seen in hides.
Patent leather is always known for its ultra-shinny gloss finish. Patent leather was invented by Newark, a New Jersey inventor from Seth Boyden, in the year 1818. The original process involved the leather being coated with a linseed-based lacquer. Today, patent leather contains a plastic coating. Patent leather supplies can be used for various fashion goods such as purses, wallets, shoes, rain boots, coats, etc.
Rawhide is leather which is not tanned. The hide is shaped by making it wet. Rawhide converts into the shape in which it is dried. Rawhide is used today as chews for pet dogs. Rawhide is a popular material for drum heads. It can be made water-resistant by applying oil on it.
Nubuck and suede are a part of full grain leather. Nubuck is made from the top grain which is the top most part of the hide, whereas, suede is made from the inner side of the hide.
Nubuck leather hides are polished to get a soft texture and consistency which is similar to that of suede leather hides. Nubuck leather hides are polished with greater strength and thickness as compared to suede leather hides. Therefore, nubuck hides are generally more expensive than suede.
Chamois hides are popular for their softness. Chamois is made from the fresh skin of sheep. The skin is tanned with oils. Chamois is so soft that it is used as a polishing cloth for cars, shoes, jewelry, etc. It is used to make grips for hockey sticks too.
write by Donald Prince