Hide split

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A leather produced from a thick Cowhide that was split or peeled apart to form two thinner skins. The flesh side is called the hide split while the hair side is called the Grain split. The hide split is a thin uniform piece of leather with a thickness of about 1.5 mm. The inner surface is often given a suede finish. Some inexpensive leathers are hide splits with an embossed grain pattern.

Synonyms and Related Terms

splits; split hide; split leather; crute (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org - states that in Oct.3 1996 the FTC decided that split leathers could be called leather