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What is Semi-Aniline Leather?



Welcome back to another one of our leather series posts. Even though it is already December, our interest in leather is not dying down anytime. Last time, we learn more about the full aniline leather in this post. If you missed out on our previous post, you can click here to read all about them. Today, we will introduce another concept, which is called the semi-aniline leather. And no, it is not what you think it is. If you are ready, then let’s dive straight to learn more about the semi-aniline leather.

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In essence, semi-aniline leather is basically the same as full aniline leather, however, they have a slight difference. The similarity for both full and semi-aniline leather is that both of them will undergo the aniline dye process during the tanning stages. However, full aniline leather will be left to dry and that is the end of the tanning stage.

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As for the semi-aniline leather, they undergo another surface finishing process after the aniline dye stage. After the drying of the aniline dye stage, most semi-aniline leather will be coated with a layer of protection. The layer can be a pigment, can be a surface coating or insoluble dye. However, the layer applied is very little, just barely covering the whole leather surface.




Some people thought that semi-aniline leather means that only half of the leather is dyed with aniline dye, as implied by the name. However, that is not true. Also, at first glance, both full aniline and semi-aniline look the same, however, there are noticeable differences in both of them. We will, therefore, explore more about the semi-aniline leather in another post.


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