How is Suede made

- Nov 24, 2018-

Suede is the inner surface of animal hides, visible on the underside of leather. Leather is a material created by processing the hides, pelts and skins of animals in a range of ways. Occasionally manufacturers or designers will use this soft underside of the leather simply by turning the material upside down so the suede is on the exterior. However, this results in the material being much sturdier and can take away from the lovely delicate quality of suede which it is known for.

The majority of the time a more popular method is used where the leather is split and the upper grain is removed to reveal only the fuzzy, napped underside which then becomes visible on both sides of the fabric. This second technique of creating suede results in a much softer and pliable leather.