Leather is an incredibly wonderful natural fabric that's been used for thousands of years. No man made material has been able to surpass the natural beauty and toughness of leather. It can be tanned and dyed. It's tougher and lasts almost forever, if taken care of. Some leather if tooled makes beautiful wallets belts saddles rifle scabbards and other items.
Another advantages are in motorcycle clothes it gives a degree of safety in case of a spill. Leather conforms to your body like no other material.
Leather can be dyed by several methods one method is called drum dyeing a process where the item in immersed in dye and tumbled in a rotating drum. Aniline is Leather that is colored all the way through with a transparent dye. The effect is applied by immersing the leather in a dye bath. Because the finish is transparent and shows the natural markings of the leather, only the best quality hides can be used. One additional method is called Waxing, which is what the term "Waxy Cowhide" refers to. The cheapest Split Hides are sometimes run through a conveyor that uses a Wax / Dye Sublimation process to basically "melt crayons" into the hide. This can be either very expensive or very cheap, depending on how many imperfections in the hide there are and the type of machinery it's run on. There is no grain on a Waxy Cowhide and it is almost as glossy as Patent Leather, so it has very few and limited uses. Most Waxy Cowhide in Motorcycle Apparel is of the cheaper variety.
Leather – is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. Leather is a very important clothing material, and its other uses are legion. Together with wood, leather formed the basis of much ancient technology. Leather with the fur still attached is simply called fur.
In advertisements you may see the term distressed brown as a color. This is the natural color of the leather. All of the other colors are achieved by dyeing. When looking for leather items you may see the term Naked Leather this a term used to describe hides that are tanned and colored (dyed) but are not finished as you would normally think of. Since the finishing process is used to hide natural defects in the leather, Naked Leather hides must be hand selected for thickness, uniformity of grain, and lack of defects. Because they are unfinished, they are extremely soft to the touch and have that "broken-in" appearance and feel while still brand new. Naked Leather hides are not defect-free; they just have fewer imperfections.
Tanning is the process, where hides are chemically cured to prevent deterioration. The chemicals used in this process also enhance the flexibility of leather and improve its ability to withstand extreme humidity and temperatures. There have been recent advancements in tanning that produce even higher quality leather. Tanning is followed by another process that restores the natural lubricants lost during the conversion of rawhide into finished leather.
Nothing Equals Leather For Beauty, Function, And Versatility the qualities of leather – created by nature and preserved by the tanner – are superior to those of any man-made or synthetic material. Leather provides support. DURABILITY – Leather "breathes" allowing air in and moisture out. A natural insulator, leather protects against extremes in temperatures and humidity. BEAUTY – By its very nature, leather comes in a wide range of pleasing textures and surface patterns. It also takes well to a variety of finishing processes, designs, and color applications.