December 22, 2023 in 

Imitation leather, bonded leather, is made by holding cowhide scraps together utilizing glues. It is frequently used for bookbinding as a cheaper substitute for natural cowhide and to accomplish the look of genuine calfskin.

Imitation or faux or vegan leather is designed to resemble genuine animal skin. It’s commonly used in bookbinding because it’s less expensive than real leather but still offers the luxurious appearance people expect from a high-end book. Imitation leather can also be found in wallets, handbags, and other accessories.

The manufacturing process for imitation (or “bonded”) leather involves shredding scrap pieces of hide into small bits and bonding them with adhesives — often latex or polyurethane. The resultant blend is shaped into large sheets, dried, and embossed with patterns that mimic those seen on natural hides.

It finds its way into numerous items, including automobile seats, clothing like jackets and trousers, and furniture such as sofas.

Like most things imitative rather than authentic – think fur versus fake – imitation leather comes with some disadvantages compared to its natural alternative: it isn’t as durable; if damaged, it can be trickier to repair; staining is more likely; color fading from exposure to light happens far more quickly, etc.

There is often no substitute when it comes to the aesthetics of leather. But if you’re on a budget or want something that can withstand heavy use, imitation leather may be preferable. It’s also worth noting that faux leather is frequently more sustainable than its natural alternative because it doesn’t involve animal products.

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