Types of Leather
Semi-aniline leather, used on many DWR pieces, is slightly more durable than aniline leather because it receives a light coating of dye that ensures consistent coloring and provides a bit of stain resistance.
Aniline leather is made from untreated hides, which over time will develop a beautiful patina – a subtle shine and darkening resulting from aging and use. Hides differ slightly from one to the next, sporting distinct coloring and wrinkling that make each piece unique. These characteristics should be considered before purchase.
Hairy hides are natural hides left unfinished, with no hair-softening treatments or sealants. Hair lengths may vary naturally from one area of a hide to another. We advise against trimming hair. Loss of hair over time is normal with ordinary use of the hide. To remove dust and other particles, gently brush hair, going with the grain. To remove liquid stains, blot with a dry, clean, white cloth. Never rub the hide, which can damage the hair.
Markings and scars are considered natural aspects of leather that add to its character. These markings and scars vary from hide to hide and are most prevalent in aniline leather, which is the most natural leather DWR carries.