A leather finished with a raised nap or pile. The nap on most suede is produced by buffing or abrading the flesh side or split side of leather; the exception is for velvet suede which is produced from the grain side. Good suede has an even nap with dense fibers of a uniform length. It is usually oiled to make it supple but not greasy. In general, velvet suedes are finer than flesh suedes; young animals (kid and calf) also give finer suedes. Suede is not as durable as high quality leather.
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Synonyms and Related Terms
ante (Esp.); pele acamurçada (Port.); mocka (Sven.); suede calf; suede kid; suede splits; suede velvet
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- Website address 1 Comment: American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org
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- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986