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Nappa leather is the name given to soft, chrome-dyed leather with the hair side turned to the outside. Nappa leathers are in many cases full-grain, this means that the animal hide's particular character is still easily visible after processing. The name of this type of leather comes from Nappa Valley in California which is known for its soft calf and sheep leathers. Today, nappa leathers are used as glove and garment leather, as upholstery leather as well as for accessories, such as leather bags.

 

Untreated nappa leather is also called aniline leather. After tanning, it is simply drum-dyed and best represents the supple quality that is associated with nappa leather. Individual skin pores are open and easily discernible, the leather can easily breathe and it feels particularly soft. Upholstery cover in untreated nappa leather leave a classy and exclusive impression, but they are also very sensitive and rather difficult to clean.

 

The pores in slightly pigmented nappa leather are constructed by additional dye pigments, although they are still visible as such under a magnifying glass. Lightfastness is somewhat higher than for the untreated type, and stains are easier to remove. Fully pigmented nappa leather is relatively stiff and is not as breathable. The dye is applied to the surface of the leather with a binding agent, leaving the pores concealed. Fully pigmented nappa leather is very easy to look after and also extremely hard-wearing.

 

The hide's original texture completely disappears on sanded nappa leather. The surface is very smooth and the coating of dye that is applied gives it a homogeneous character.

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