Leather is one of the oldest used material in the world. From furniture, clothes and belts to books and footwear, it is used in everything. But here are some interesting facts about this wonderful textile material which you may not know.
1. It is water resistant
We always keep leather away from the water as it can damage it. But some of its types are actually water resistant such as the one which is made out of deerskin. The reason behind this is still unknown but some experts believe that it is because of the environment in which they live.
2. It is costly
Quality pelt is costly as genuine Italian belts or leather jackets are difficult to make. They are crafted by hand and this process takes several hours. This all factors contribute to its high cost.
3. It is a renewable resource
Most of the people think that it is a non-renewable resource. But it is not so, it is made from the skin of the deceased animals without using any synthetic materials. Therefore, they don’t cause any harm to the environment.
4. Do you know about fish leather?
You may not heard about it but yes you can actually buy salmon skin in countries like Norway and Iceland. Salmon skin has unique properties, it is flexible and had an amazing texture. It is however not so popular in America and the United Kingdom.
5. It changes its texture with environment
It changes its texture in certain environmental conditions. This is because of the pores present it. During humid temperature, it becomes softer as it absorbs the moisture and you may have noticed that during dry temperature the leather, especially in an Italian designer leather belt, becomes tough.
6. People wear more leather than they think
An average person wears more than three accessories made up of animal skin. For men, it is shoes, belts, watch and wallets and for women, it is handbags and jackets. Don’t get surprised by the number, you are actually wearing them if you have doubt, count yourself.
7. Every product is not pure
Are you planning to buy a belt? Then don’t be fooled by the appearance and the texture of the belt, it may be fake. When your clearly check the synthetic leather you will find out that it is hard, uncomfortable and has an unusual smell which is hard to bear.