Grain (Leather)

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Definition of Grain (Leather)

Grain is the outermost part of the hide that has natural markings such as fat wrinkles, scars, and scratches, insect bites, and fiber brand, which collectively give leather its natural texture and make it unique from other materials.

The natural markings, collectively called “imperfections”, add to the leather’s peculiarity and character, making each hide unique and giving it a distinctive, authentic look.

The grain of each hide is shaped by several factors such as the age of the animal, its breed, and the environment it lived in.

As the leather is finished, its grain is left intact to display its natural beauty and give it the natural leather’s characteristics, such as breathability, pliability, and rich patina.

Example of Grain (Leather) in a Sentence

"Full grain leather is the best quality hide."

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Ryan Popoff is the creative mind behind Popov Leather wallets, iPhone cases, belts, watch bands and journals since 2013. With a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, my leatherworking journey began at home. I wanted to create a simple leather wallet that could fit into my front pocket and — to my delight — it was a hit with family and friends. Hopefully you love our honest, quality leather goods too! Read more