Genuine suede leather is produced by finely buffing tanned and dyed leather from sheep or goats. Another source for suede is split leather from cattle hides which is produced by splitting the thick hides horizontally (see Fig. 20–2). Suede leather is mainly used in the production of garments. Genuine suede has excellent wearing behavior due to its high water vapor permeability. Its water repellence is not very good and its sensitivity to dirt is high. Genuine suede cannot be washed or dry cleaned without a loss of softness.
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