What is Suede ?
- Suede is a type of leather made from the underside of the animal skin, giving it a soft surface.
- Suede is usually made from lambskin, but it is also made from other types of animals, including goats, pigs, calves, and deer.
- Animal hides have been used to make clothing and other items since the Paleolithic Era.
- The term suede comes from the French word “gants de Suede,” which means gloves from Sweden, but the term eventually came to mean any kind of leather with a napped surface.
- Suede became very popular in the twentieth century, and it was associated with high-end luxury thanks to its soft, delicate feel.
What Makes it Stand Out
Material comes from light leather or is produced from young animals - then the suede will feel soft and smooth.
Fabric comes from animals with thicker hides or skins such as cows, or if it comes from older animals - the suede will feel rougher. Its nap or the hairs of the material will feel rough and rugged.
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Applications & Usage
- Footwear - Suede’s smooth nap gives loafers, slides, and boots an appealing appearance and structure. Suede boots are especially popular for comfort and character. Suede is also lighter than standard leather, while maintaining durability which makes it good for footwear.
- Accessories- Named for gloves, suede is popular for all sorts of accessories, from gloves to handbags, and belts. Suede’s unique appearance makes it a favorite fabric choice among fashion designers for accent items such as bags and belts.
- Outerwear- Western fringe jackets are famously made of suede, and a suede jacket is a fashion staple, thanks to the beautiful suede texture and its durability.
How To Judge the Authenticity
Stain Test - Imitation fabric tends to be more resistant to water and staining, however, and it is often easier to care for. Natural suede is usually not water resistant, and even the smallest drop can leave a permanent stain.
- Do not let suede come into contact with water.
- Use a suede brush made with brass or nylon bristles, or a toothbrush, to keep the nap fresh.
- A suede eraser is a good tool to remove stains from suede fabric .Use talc powder to treat a wet stain. A dried stain can be treated with some white vinegar.
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