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1) A leather made from the skin of a shark. Sharkskin is a tough, strong leather that is usually vegetable tanned. It has been used for book covers, shoes, and luggage.

See also Galuchat leather.

2) A smooth, twilled fabric. Sharkskin cloth is woven with warp and filling yarns of alternating light and dark colors. Lightweight skarkskin is made from rayon and acetate for dresses, blouses, and skirts. A heavier, medium weight fabric is made from wool for suits.

Synonyms and Related Terms

piel de tiburón (Esp.); peau de requin (Fr.); pele de tubarão (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Marjory L. Joseph, Introductory Textile Science, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Fort Worth, TX, 1986
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Website address 1 Comment: American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at
  • Website address 2 Comment:
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p.704
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997