There’s nothing like the look, smell, and feel of a beautiful leather bag, wallet, or suitcase. Although many are aware that Ghurka leather products and accessories are made out of some of the finest leather around, many are unsure of how the leather is made. If you’ve always wondered how premium leather is treated and finished, here’s everything you need to know.
Leather is similar to the skin of the human body. Overtime, it fades, wrinkles, and develops new, beautiful characteristics. While eliminating these characteristics can improve the overall appearance of a piece of leather, doing this can take away from the quality. However, if there are too many flaws, the leather may also lose its appeal. To maintain the look of a leather bag, wallet, or accessory, it is essential to start with the most flawless piece of leather available. Typically, calfskin, particularly French calfskin, has the softest feel and finest grain accessible and is a choice type of leather for creating accessories.
The majority of leather hides are treated to create that signature brown or black leather color. One of the processes used to complete this is known as vegetable-tanning. This treatment type is highly beneficial because it is an environmentally responsible process and is also the most gentle on animal hides, allowing them to retain their natural beauty over time.
To create vegetable-tanned leather, hides are soaked in large drums full of this tanning substance for approximately 30 days. Then, the hides are colored using an aniline or semi-aniline treatment. At this time, the hides are submerged in a dye which allows coloring to soak deep within the porous surfaces of the leather. Once the hide is treated with pigment, it will continue to change and develop as the leather develops over time.
After the selection and treatment processes are over, the leather is then turned into the desired product. Since most premium leather pieces are made by hand, each one has unique characteristics that add to their value.
The Benefits of Leather
Accessories made out of leather can’t be matched by products made out of different materials. This is because:
- Leather lasts. Leather accessories are known to last for many years and are better able to withstand the elements than materials like fabric, plastic, and vinyl. This is an important factor to keep in mind when you are debating whether you should purchase a leather case, travel bag, or any other product you will carry around with you on a regular basis.
- It provides protection. If you own a camera, laptop, or any other type of technological device, you know how risky it is to carry it around with you. Leather cases and accessories will do a better job of keeping your technology safe than other products made out of different materials.
- There’s nothing else like it. Products made out of high-quality, premium leather are an investment that will get you more compliments and use than accessories made out of other materials.
Creating premium leather is a lengthy and skilled process. However, it is well worth it due to the overall appearance, feel, and durability of products crafted out of fine leather.