Real skin Also known as tanned leather, natural leather is taken from animals such as cows, buffaloes, goats, crocodiles, ostriches... Genuine leather products are often labeled real leather, genuine leather, genuine leather. cow), 100% leather…
Imitation leather Also known as industrial leather, artificial leather. They are created in an industrial form by combining artificial materials with a layer of PVC plastic. Then it is compressed under high pressure to create leather texture or color.
There are 3 popular types of faux leather materials today: Simili and PU and Microfiber
- Simili skin aka PVC leather is the cheapest faux leather material in the industrial leather line. They are covered with a layer of polyester weave underneath. The top is covered with PVC plastic to create color and leather texture.
- PU leather is a high-quality, soft faux leather material and if not checked carefully, many people will mistake it for real leather. However, PU is still an artificial synthetic substance so it can peel off over time.
- Microfiber The faux leather is the most similar to real leather. They adopt a needle-through weave structure that simulates the structure of genuine leather. Therefore, they resemble 80% with the characteristics of real leather.
Distinguish between real leather and fake leather
|Recognize through appearance
|The leather grain is large and sharp
Impacted by rubbing, tearing or creasing, they still stabilize the leather texture.
|Fake leather can be matte or untextured or have small, fuzzy patterns that can easily lose their texture.
|Recognize by touch
|Feel soft and smooth to the touch
|Feel the smoothness of the plastic layer.
|Recognize by sense of smell
|There is still a residual smell from animal fat, cowhide smells quite similar to the smell of beef fat
|Plastic smell, chemical smell
|When pressed on the surface of the skin, it leaves an indentation around your finger, which disappears when removed because of the elasticity of the skin's surface.
|Cannot have good elasticity, dents can be left by layers of artificial particles, forming a layer of fake skin that has been separated.
In addition, when stretched too much, the skin surface will be torn and peeled
|Observe the back
|Consists of collagen linked together very firmly
|Consists of polyester textile fibers (simili) or layers of nylon or Pu fibers with different length layers
|Easy to absorb water
|Burn or heat the product over fire
|Burned or has a burning smell
|Usually there are black, white or brown, yellow...
|Usually have brighter, more fashionable colors
Above are 8 characteristics to help you recognize and distinguish real leather from fake leather. Artificial leather production technology is increasingly updating with many new features and designs. In the process of synthesizing information, the whole Team is very attentive. Hope to receive contributions and additions from readers and customers.
Sales Specialist in the field of raw materials and accessories for Leather, Shoes - Handbags
Phuong Anh Hana