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Regarding elasticity . . . .?

I frequently need leather of a certain thickness that is pliable and soft, but not stretchy. I have always found it hit and miss. Is there a particular portion of the hide that is less stretchy, or any other particulars that would help me buy on-line without the luxury of feeling the leather in person?


MikaelaHolmes2 months ago

Oh, this is a tough one! I have not found a great way to tell this universally without feeling the leather in person, but generally "pigmented" or "finished" leathers that have been given an artificial grain will be less stretchy than the higher quality aniline dyed leathers. Leather with a metallic finish, or motorcycle leathers that have been treated to be extra durable will often be less stretchy. I would suggest, if you can, going into a store somewhere, and testing all the leathers and making notes of which are stretchier and why for future reference. I would also try calling any leather supplier you are working with to ask their advice about their current stock.