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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Napa leather
Napa leather is a leather, typically dyed, made from kid-, cow-, calf-, lamb- or other skin by tanning. It is
noted for its soft temper. It is a generic term in the leather field and has no distinct test for
characterization. Because of this ambiguity, the term is often used in advertising to imply that a leather
has a soft hand. Among other uses, Napa leather is often used in leather products such as furniture,
clothing, handbags, and shoes. As the term is used today, Napa Leather may be either natural grain, or
more likely, corrected grain.
Contrast with “nappa,” which is a term that is often used for synthetic/faux/fake leather that feels
smooth and supple.
Napa leather was first ‘coined’ by Emanuel Manasse in 1875 while working for the Sawyer Tanning
Company in Napa, California. Napa tannage in the “strict sense”, but a term no longer used in this
framework, refers to a tannage consisting of alum salts with vegetable tanning agents.
Napa leather is defined in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.