What is faux leather fabric?

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What is faux leather fabric?
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Faux leather is artificial, or fake, leather. Manufacturing of faux leather fabric was once unpopular because the material was not as supple or long-lasting as real leather. However, great strides have been made in how faux leather fabric is produced, the types of faux leather fabric available and variations in how faux leather fabric can be used.

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Making

Real leather requires animal skin as the basis for the material. However, faux leather is comprised of a fabric base that can be made from any number of fabric-based materials. These include woven as well as non-woven fabrics. In most cases faux leather requires inner and outer fabric layers that are each chemically treated. Faux leather fabric treatments include the use of resin, wax, dye, polyurethane and water splashing for a natural leather colouring effect. The treatments that are used are applied in stages, with each stage of the manufacturing of faux leather contributing to the final product resembling a real leather feel.

Popularity

Faux leather fabric has consistently become more popular as the years pass. This is because those who care about the use of animals in manufacturing consumer goods have made society aware that animals are killed to provide some of these products, including leathers and furs. In addition, while faux leather fabrics initially had more of a plastic feel to them (a type of faux leather known as pleather), they are now processed in a manner that allows the finished material to be almost identical to the touch of real leather. Moreover, real leather has a significantly higher cost than faux leather, which attracts people to faux leather when creating furniture, clothing or automobile products. Finally, faux leather fabric has been developed so it has substantial durability, making many faux leather fabrics last as long or longer than real leather.

Koskin

Koskin faux leather is a type of faux leather that is commonly used to manufacture electronics equipment and give these products the look of real leather. Koskin faux leather is stiff, though it also has the feel of real leather. In addition, it has a superior durability, which is why it is the faux leather of choice in the electronics industry.

Leatherette

Leatherette is a basic faux leather fabric that has an outer layer of plastic. That layer is generally created with the use of polyurethane. Leatherette is often found in car interiors and often in clothing lines.

Vegan Leather

Vegan leather refers to faux leather fabric that does not require the use of any animals during the making of the material . It is the preferred faux leather of vegetarians and animal activists as a means of ensuring the products they use do not conflict with their moral and social beliefs.

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