Welcome back to another leather post, where we will be exploring different types of leather. Previously, we explored the definition of a semi-aniline leather. If you missed out on our previous post, you can click here to read all about it. However, if you do not want to read, we can summarise it for you here. Semi-Aniline leather is a leather that undergoes surface coating after the aniline dye process. Therefore, though both aniline and semi-aniline leather may look similar, there are noticeable differences in appearance and properties. Therefore, this post today is to inform you about more information about semi-aniline leather.
Definition of Semi-Aniline Leather (Source: Drmenstyle.com)
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEMI-ANILINE LEATHER
In terms of appearance, semi-aniline leather is only slightly different in terms of the appearance of pores and hair follicles. The amount of coating is so little and thin that you can still see the majority of the pores. However, upon closer look, you can see that the coating does cover some pores and hair follicles. However, this doesn’t really affect its breathability too much.
Semi-aniline closed up look (Source:effekt-l-b.dk)
Of course, with the added surface coating or pigments, this will definitely affect the thickness/ durability of the leather itself. Unlike aniline leather, semi-aniline is slightly thicker. It is because of this coating or pigment which helps to make it thicker. And it is also because of this thickness, semi-aniline leather is slightly more durable than full aniline leather. However, this thickness also makes it harder to bend or flex, but not as hard as pigmented leather.
Semi-aniline (Source: Instyle.com/au)
One of the advantages of semi-aniline leather is color consistency. If you remembered, aniline leather is not consistent. This is because different area’s of the leather absorbs the dye at different rates and amount. Therefore, you should not be surprised to find spots or darker and lighter tones in aniline leather. With a semi-aniline leather, you do not have that problem. Any inconsistency is covered by the light and thin layer of pigments.
Color consistency Index (Source: optic-gaggione.com)
Semi-aniline leather is also more stain-resistant as compared to full aniline leather. For full aniline leather, the leather is porous. Therefore, there is no first layer of protection from water or other stains. At least for a semi-aniline leather, the pigments help to cover and protect it from stains. Even though it is a very light layer, it still does a better job of resisting stains than full aniline leather.