Kolkata is one of the major city of India and you may have noticed a variety of leather in the market. As we all know, there is an artificial leather present in the market apart of real leather because if its varieties. It is difficult to tell the difference between the two. Only artificial leather manufacturers have the audacity to tell the difference.
Do you know where most of the leather in India manufactures?
Most of the leather in India manufactures in the city of Kolkata. There is an industrial complex in Karaidanga known as the Kolkata leather complex. 500 tanneries are there for the production of leather. 55% of India’s leather export takes place from the Kolkata only. Also, there are government based colleges in Kolkata for the study of leather technology to train the youngsters who can keep the industry going in the future.
When we go to purchase leather items such as clothing or furnishing fabric we find it difficult to guess which is genuine leather and which is artificial leather. So we have mentioned a few differences between the two types of leather. Reading this carefully will surely make it easy for you to differentiate between the two of them.
Difference between real leather and artificial leather
Real leather is made from the skin of animals like cattle, oxen, etc. and it does feel like the skin only. Its surface will have individual imperfections. Its body is not even, and it doesn’t feel perfectly smooth. When you touch the genuine leather, it feels like skin. On pressing it, it wrinkles and stretches like skin.
This leather is a human-made product. No animal skin is used in the making of faux leather. It consists of natural or synthetic fibers. Plastic sheets and dyes are used to create texture and colour. It feels more of plastic and feels smoother than the genuine leather. It doesn’t stretch or wrinkle the real leather and retain its shape again.
This leather is much more expensive than artificial leather. It is hard to manufacture, so it costs more. It has to go from so many chemical processes to get the final product. It has its qualities for being expensive.
It is not much expensive, i.e. cheap in cost. It is alternative for real leather. It is also easier to manufacture faux leather as no animal hide is used in making of it.
Real leather is very durable. It lasts for years with getting spoilt. The more you use this leather, the better it looks. Natural leather will develop the patina that makes it significantly essential and attractive after some time.
Faux leather manufacturer claimed that this leather is not much durable in comparison to the real one. It is also not breathable and can crack over time. Artificial leather can be resistant to fade and stain.
Appearances and texture
This leather has a varying texture. The texture feels coarse and smooth (not exceptionally smooth). It features irregular pores and marks. Also, it comes with limited color options and has a more natural appearance.
Artificial leather manufacturers make it exactly like the real leather, and hardly any difference can be seen in its appearance. The little difference here is it feels exceptionally smoother than the natural leather. Also, it has uniformity in its texture, and this leather comes in a variety of colors. Faux leather manufacturers dye this leather in many different colors so people’s desire of having leather in their favourite color can be fulfilled.
This leather has the potential to be less damaging to the environment. Most of the skin used in leather production comes from animal-like cows, oxen, and cattle. As it is a by-product of cows, it is believed that real leather is biodegradable. Hence, it is less harmful to the environment.
Artificial leather manufacturers use plastic sheets known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or PU (polyurethane). We all know how much plastic is harmful to our environment. The kind of chemistry used in the process of artificial leather is so much detrimental to every living being. This leather needs to be replaced often than the real leather, which exacerbates the impact. This leather wears out in less amount of time.
It has a greater capacity to biodegrade in the environment. But it cannot be a choice of the customers like vegan products as leather is made up of animal hide. It is also difficult to manufacture.
This leather goes through a lot of chemical processes while it’s manufacturing. It uses a few products for its making, but one of those is plastic. Using plastic makes it non-biodegradable and harmful to the environment.
Cleaning and Maintenance
It is an absorbent material and is a bit difficult to clean. That’s why it absorbs water and is non-resistant to stains. Abrasive cleaners can’t be used for the cleaning of real leather. To prevent the leather from drying out, you need to treat it at least twice a year.
This leather is non-absorbent and is easy to clean. It can be cleaned with an abrasion cleaner or with a damp cloth also. It is resistant to stains. It requires very little maintenance and can be used for a longer time if given proper care.
It emits the natural smell. If you have ever bought any leather product, you must know what I am talking about.
It doesn’t have any natural smell. It smells more of plastic which is not very pleasant.
Rexine manufacturer in Kolkata
Responsefabric is a leather manufacturer based in Kolkata. We make all types of upholstery fabric for furnishing. The leathers made by us are one of a kind. Both artificial and real leather has its pros and cons. As a synthetic and natural leather manufacturer, we would suggest you read above about both the leathers and then decide which one best suits you.
In Kolkata, we supply in both wholesale and retail as per the customer’s requirement. We have never got any complaints about our product from the customers. That’s why our customers are loyal and satisfied with us for a long time. If you are finding difficulty in choosing the right fabric for your furniture, we as leather manufacturers can help you decide what suits you best according to your needs. You can have different types of upholstery fabrics also with us. To know about it, read the articles given below.