So semi-aniline leather is like aniline leather but halfway, right? Why else would they call it semi (unless manufacturers are trying to trip or trick you, which they actually might!)? And how does it compare to other types of leather?
These are just some questions that may be forming aroud your mind when thinking about semi-aniline leather, and well, if they haven’t, I’m glad to have given you more questions to contemplate on in your life.
Look and Feel of Semi-Aniline Leather
Semi-aniline leather has a waxy feel to itself, and, similar to aniline leather, shows natural markings from leather hides during the tanning process. However, the markings are less visible in semi-aniline leather than aniline. Aniline is a dye used to give the hide its natural and true color that shows the beauty of the leather. With it being in the “semi” category, a thin layer of pigment is used to coat the leather jacket’s surface rather than a standard layer.
How To Care For Semi-Aniline Leather
Semi-aniline leather is easy to clean, but it isn’t without its setbacks. The leather itself is very sensitive. This means that, if it is not cleaned or cared for, it will show pretty fast. However, simple care such as conditioning will keep semi-aniline leather looking its best.
Quality of Semi-Aniline Leather
Semi-aniline leather is made from the highest quality leather, much due to the process by which the leather is chosen. Only hides with no damage or scratches are considered, and that usually means less than 5% of hides are actually chosen since many hides come with some damage or scratches.
Semi-aniline leather is considered durable and comfortable when compared to aniline leather. It provides this compromise between look and quality because semi-aniline leather is surface-treated with a water-based dye finish with some pigment. This results in a soft and luscious leather that is also more resistant to heavy wear.
How To Tell If Leather Is Semi-Aniline
It’s usually tough to figure out whether your leather is semi-aniline without going to a leather expert. However, knowing your terms and the background behind how semi-aniline leather really looks will prove helpful when discussing your leather jacket with your leather expert.
Semi-aniline leather is slightly pigmented, meaning it has a color layer. The natural grain pattern and hair pores are also more or less clearly visible. Any more pigmentation and it crosses over into a different category of leather.
Semi-aniline leather is warm, soft, and feels natural since it is less coated and the leather fibers aren’t as compressed as other leathers.
Comparison To Other Leathers
As a general summary, semi-aniline leather is more durable and comfortable when compared to aniline leather. However, as you go down the line of other leathers, it doesn’t mean it is as strong as others such as pigmented smooth leather. This is mainly due to the applied amount of pigment layer which acts as a barrier and pores are not as open or seen anymore.
Semi-aniline leather is soft and warm, whereas other leathers with a higher amount of pigment layers are more firm and cold. It also fades a little faster and is more sensitive to fat or oil stains such as from skin or hair when compared to pigmented leather.
Semi-Aniline Leather Products Besides Leather Jackets
You can see semi-aniline leather being used in many household items or accessories today. Some of them are furniture, purses, handbags, and backpacks. Back in the day, semi-aniline leather was also used for car seats, although because of normal wear and tear that occurs when coming in and out of the vehicle, the material was switched out for more pigmentation to be more durable and also can last much longer. You’ll see semi-aniline leather in some sports cars from the day that didn’t see much use but looked beautiful which was fitting for the situation.
Deceptive Manufacturer Practices
You may not realize it, but a lot of times pigmented leather is referred to or sold as semi-aniline leather because semi-aniline leather in general is considered much more superior in quality and it is hard to distinguish between the two unless you are a leather expert. This leads many to believe that they are buying a leather jacket of better quality. A quick tip on knowing if the leather jacket is not semi-aniline – the leather is monochrome, feels cold/is coated heavily, and feels like plastic.
To recognize semi-aniline leather, one must recognize the natural grain structure and hair pores of the leather. This can be achieved through a digital camera with a macro function to see whether hair pores are visible or not.
Semi-Aniline Leather Is A Decent Choice For Comfort and Durability
Semi-aniline leather is a decent choice for those who want a beautiful look and finish on a leather jacket but also prefer some durability to it. I’d say that, in general, as long as you don’t have a cheap leather jacket, you should be fine with the material that your jacket is made from. With some proper care, semi-aniline is a great choice that mixes the best of comfortability and natural shine.
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