Tanned lambskin leather: differences with calf leather

Pubblicato 03/15/2017 15:55:34
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High quality leather

Lambskin leather, as well as calf leather, represents the two most high quality consumer leather goods. They both come from very young animals, whose skin is still showing a flexibility and slenderness that will be list in older animals; this is the reason why they are used to produce high quality garments, shoes, jackets and furnishing that usually are part of luxury products.

italian lambskin leatherDifferences between tanned lambskin and calf leather

Tanned lambskin, although being very light, does protect and insulate. Since it is also very smooth it is suitable for producing gloves and garments. Gloves manufactured with such material will maintain the hands warm even in the coldest months, while jackets are able to compete easily with synthetic materials.

Calf leather is very soft and greatly resistant that allows it to be suitable also in extreme situations, like in the presence of abrasive materials, though it does not stand bad weather as well as lambskin. For this reason, though being a high quality product aimed at the production of luxury garments, calf leather is also used for the production of work garments and gloves. Its softness and gradual wear make it suitable also for the production of shoes that last longer compared to those made with other materials.

The tanning of hides

Tanning is the group of treatments hides and skins have to undergo in order to be preserved and later on processed. The goal is to clean the skin of all its impurities, removing the hair, the epidermis and fat, making it softer and consequently more workable. The real tanning is the process that makes the skin conservable, after having gone through all the other steps. There are fundamentally two types: trivalent chromium tanning and vegetable tanning.

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