Definition of Laminated Leather
Laminated leather is leather with an added surface layer of plastic, a thin metal foil, or other material to give the hide a more or less glossy appearance, depending on the desired effects.
Leather is often laminated for three major reasons:
- To make the material waterproof
- To give it the look and feel of a particular leather
- To enhance its durability so it can last longer
The lamination process involves specific machines able to heat at high temperatures to allow a perfect anchoring of the metal foil to the leather.
The metal foil, normally a few microns thick, is then transferred uniformly on the leather or in a way to create patterns, depending on the manufacturer’s preference.
Any animal skin can be laminated, including printed ones, to produce very specific effects.
Example of Laminated Leather in a Sentence
"Laminated leather gives a high-end purse a glossy finish."
Synonyms: metallic leather, coated leather
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