Tan Leather Jacket
Tanned leather, the everlasting look tan leather jacket
The making of leather is a lengthy process. There’s a lot of stretching and pressing and adding of other things that make the jacket look and feel the way it does in the store. Tanning refers to a process that treats animal skin to make leather. It doesn’t always refer to the color tan. It is important to note that there is a tan leather jacket in the market. It is a neutral color and neutral colors are popular in most leather jackets.
There are different ways of tanning animal skin. The reason why the skin goes through an extensive process is because when it becomes leather, the material is durable and flexible. Some processes of tanning leather create supple leather. Processes that are used to convert hides and skin into leather are; vegetable-tanned, chrome-tanned leather, aldehyde-tanned, brain-tanned, rose tanned, synthetic-tanned, alum-tanned and rawhide. Each procedure gives the leather a different texture, color, look and feel.
When the animal skin has gone through vegetable tanning it typically comes out brown. This also depends on the mixture of chemicals and the color of the animal skin. This is probably the reason why a number of leather jackets come in brown. Each tanning method has a distinct color. Chrome-tanned cattle hide comes out as a ‘wet-blue’. Aldehyde- tanned has a pale cream or white color. Synthetic-tanned is also white in color.
Tanning is a two in one process. It makes the leather jacket and it also gives it its color. Each tanning process has its pros and cons on the end product. Other leathers are water resistant, flexible and incredibly soft. Others are hard, dry and shrink when immersed in water. The most common leather that is massively produced is made through the vegetable-tan leather.
Tannins are mixed with different kinds of vegetable matter (tree bark, leaves, fruits and roots). This tanning process is the only process suitable for leather carving or stamping. Vegetable-tanned leather is water resistant. This can be improved by oiling the leather. Oiling helps supplement the natural oils within the leather. Regular oiling keeps the leather soft and supple. Through regular oiling and maintenance the lifespan of the jacket will improve considerably.
A leather jacket that has a tan colour closely resembles a cream white or lighter shade of brown. A tan leather jacket is more suitable for the ladies than it is for men. Men are more suited for dark deep colours like orange, red and blue. Pastels and light colours give off a softness and gentleness. Being soft and gentle are characteristics associated with women. This is the kind of image the tan leather jacket gives off. Dark colours give out a masculine and strong effect. This is why such colours are more male appropriate.
Patent leather is also popular leather used to make various leather garments. This man-made leather has been used since the 19th century. Maintaining leather can be a daunting task. It can cost lots of money and time. In the 19th century a need for leather that didn’t require extensive cleaning was made. This leather was called patent leather. Patent leather is waterproof and only needs to be wiped with a sponge to retain original sheen. The leather has a high gloss, shiny finish. Current patent leather has a plastic covering.
All leather is made through tanning. Whether the jacket is coloured, studded or designed lavishly the jacket will always be a tan leather jacket.